Niles Skatepark (Washington Terrace Skatepark)
Niles Skatepark, often referred to as the Washington Terrace Skatepark, is an 8,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skate park located in Niles, Illinois that first opened in 2014.
This skatepark is an amazing street-style park designed by Spohn Ranch for the local skateboarding population of Niles, an outer ring suburb of Chicago, Illinois. If you like street terrain and you live in the Chicago area, this park is a can’t miss.
|Address||Washington Terrace Park8812-8884 Washington StreetNiles, Illinois 60714|
|Features||Quarterpipe, manual pad, kickers, ledges, handrails, gaps, banks, ledges, flat rails, a pole, and a funbox.|
|Size||8,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, in-line skates, BMX bikes, and scooters.|
|Hours||7 am to 9 or 10 pm|
Niles Skatepark Overview
The first thing that you may notice about Niles Skatepark is how wide open everything is. There is plenty of room for a good number of skaters who would like to hit one of the many street-style obstacles or for freestyle skaters looking to practice their flatland tricks. Roll freely through the park without feeling like you are going to bump right up against anyone.
At one end of the park is a nice ramp with two quarter pipes where skaters can drop in to have their choice of one of the many street plaza elements that the park contains.
After dropping in, if you stick to the middle, there is one large funbox with an extra-long hubba, a handrail, and a 90-degree flat rail. Head right after dropping in and choose from grinding a low-sitting flat rail or popping up on the manual pad with two elevated ledges. Stick to the left and you can pop up on an arched manual pad or mess around with a triangular pole obstacle.
On the opposite end of the skatepark is two more quarter pipes set with an obtuse angle for skaters to turn around on and renter the street plaza area in the middle of the park.
The park is open to the public 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset for skaters of all ages and skill levels. The park does entertain BMX bikes, in-line skaters, and non-motorized scooters as well.
If you are a newer skater or you would like to bring your child to the park to learn some new skills, it is advisable to frequent the park in the early parts of the day before the veteran skaters come to take over the grounds. Although, no one will ever be rude to you, coming to the park earlier rather than later will give you ample amount of time to hit the different terrain elements without others around.
All skaters should wear a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards at all times when using the Washington Terrace Skatepark.
Here’s a video that provides a nice look at the park: