Niagara Falls Skatepark is an 8,000 square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Niagara Falls, New York, that first opened in 2016.
The skatepark is packed with features, including quarterpipes on both ends of the park with a street plaza containing a London gap, ledges, a funbox, a manual pad, and several different handrails and flat rails.
Also known as Hyde Park Skatepark, the park maximizes the space by creating a well-designed skatepark layout that possesses a natural flow free from crisscrossing pathways to keep skaters moving and free from collisions.
|Location||Niagara Falls, New York|
|Address||898 Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls, New York 14301|
|Features||Manual pads, flat rails, quarterpipe, London Gap, ledges, funbox, handrails, banks, mini-ramp|
|Size||8,000 Square Feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, BMX bikes, in-line skates|
|Hours||Dawn til Dusk|
|Design/Build||Spohn Ranch Skateparks|
Niagara Falls Skatepark Overview
The Niagara Falls Skatepark, located in the town’s Hyde Park, took several years of planning through town hall meetings, public participation, and input from social media to finally agree on a location and a design.
The Spohn Ranch Skateparks team was then commissioned to come up with a design for the new skatepark based on all of the public input that was gathered while at the same time working within the layout of the space provided.
The result was an elongated linear skate design free from crisscrossing pathways. It was by the request of the Mayor, the City Council, and concerned parents that the park was designed with safety in mind as well.
What the Spohn Ranch team designed and ultimately constructed was able to accomplish everything while creating a well-rounded skatepark that would leave the local skate community feeling satisfied.
The elongated linear skatepark is essentially a versatile street plaza laid between two quarterpipes and a mini-ramp. The quarter pipes on either end of the park allow a skater to drop in or quickly turn around to build up and maintain momentum as they sail into the street plaza.
Once in the street plaza, there are two main pathways to choose from. One of the pathways contains two separate manual pads with a flat rail between them.
After dropping in on the quarterpipe, a skater can ollie up onto the first manual pad, kick-flip off, then set themselves up to grind the flat rail right before nose-sliding the ledge on the second manual pad. They then can quickly turn around on the quarter pipe and hit the obstacles again in reverse.
The other pathway contains two higher ledges on the outside edge that are perfect for grinds and board slides and two handrails in the middle. On the other side of the second pathway, there is a split-level ledge and a bank that a skater can ride up and down. This pathway is also in the middle of two quarterpipes at either end.
One last notable feature is Spohn Ranch’s inclusion of a skateable “NF” to pay homage to the Niagara Falls community.
Also, note that there is another skatepark in the neighboring state of Massachusetts that is also named Hyde Park Skatepark.
This video shows a flyover tour of the skatepark: