North Beardsley Skatepark
North Beardsley Skatepark is an 8,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Bakersfield, California, that opened in 2018. The skatepark offers a mix of street and transition terrain and includes a bowl, snake run, and street plaza.
|Location||North Beardsley Park, Bakersfield, California|
|Address||901 Airport Dr,|
Bakersfield, CA 93308
|Features||Bowl, Snake Run, Street plaza|
|Size||8,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, scooters, skates|
|Hours||Dawn to 9 pm|
|Design/Build||Spohn Ranch Skateparks|
North Beardsley Skatepark Overview
North Beardsley Skatepark is located on the north side of Bakersfield, a city of several hundred thousand residents located in California’s San Joaquin Valley, just east of the southern end of the Sierra Nevada. This is one of Bakersfield’s best skateparks.
Designed and built by California-based Spohn Ranch Skateparks, the skatepark has a little something for everyone, whether you are a bowl aficionado or a street wizard. Or maybe, like me, you like transitions AND street features and appreciate a park that blends the two well.
The skatepark is located in a city park, from which it draws its name, and has a nice shade structure on one side. This is a God send on Bakersfield’s famously hot days – maybe it was actually named for “baking” in the sun?
A walkway brings you into the park on the east side, where you are greeted by a sign in the shape of an oil derrick, a nod to the area’s oil drilling history and current industry – you still see plenty of these driving through the region.
On either side of this sign are two banked hips that bookend this side of the park. Beyond that are a pair of pump bumps. The park is anchored in the center by a Mickey Mouse-shaped bowl with steel coping all the way around. On three sides, the backside of the bowl’s dec drops off down banks.
Connected to the bowl’s deck or these banks are a six-step set of stairs with hubbas and a handrail, a tombstone ledge, and a manual pad. Opposite from the entrance with the sign, a long curved quarterpipe enclosed the west side of the park. The park has a metal flat rail and a bench to mess around with as well.
This is a fun park. The only criticism one might have is that it could use a few more street features — maybe some an A-frame and a few more ledges. But that’s nitpicking. All in all, this is a job well done.
Here’s a flyover of the park: