Situated in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region, Orange County in Southern California has long been a hotspot for skateboarding. In the past, OC was known for its orange harvest and in recent years the county’s skaters have enjoyed a bumper crop of new skateparks. Below, we highlight some of the best Orange County best skateparks.
One of the oldest skateparks in Orange County, Etnies Skatepark still holds its own as a destination shred spot. Located in Lake Forest, the park is a 57,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark that was first constructed in 2003 and then expanded in 2011.
Logan Wells Skatepark
Logan Wells Memorial Skatepark is a 4,500-square-foot concrete skatepark in Anaheim, California. This pocket park features a range of street features and small quarterpipes.
Manzanita Skatepark, designed and built by Spohn Ranch, opened in Anaheim in 2019. The park was built on a narrow, triangular strip of land next in Manzanita park next to the Riverside Freeway. When built, it was the largest in Anaheim.
Palm Lane Skatepark
Orange County used to be all about growing oranges, and Palm Lane Skatepark gives that history a nod. A 4,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Anaheim, Palm Lane is a street plaza-style park with some transition features and a signature orange-themed gap.
Peak Park Skatepark
The Peak Park Skatepark is an 8,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skate park located in Buena Park, California that first opened in 2014. The small yet impressive Orange County skatepark was renovated by the Spohn Ranch design and construction team to replace an aging wood and metal ramp park that has previously occupied the space.
Ponderosa Skatepark is a 10,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in the Orange County town of Anaheim. Skip Disney and go skate! The skatepark includes a large bowl and street plaza.
San Clemente Skatepark
San Clemente Skatepark, also known as Ralphs, was built in 2002 and has been the breeding ground for a generation of skate talent. San Clemente is an action sports town, home to some of the world’s most famous surf breaks (Trestles). Skaters in San Clemente are plentiful and the 14,000 square-foot park is barely big enough to contain them.
Schweitzer Skatepark is a 4,000-square-foot concrete skatepark in Anaheim, California, that was built in 2016 with support from Disney. The park is a street-plaza-style skatepark with some transition features mixed in, including a large quarterpipe.
Stanton Skatepark is a 9,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Stanton, California, that first opened in 2016. The park is located about halfway between Anaheim and Long Beach making it easy to access for skaters from all over the great Los Angeles area.
San Juan Capistrano Skatepark
San Juan Capistrano Skatepark is a 20,000 square-foot concrete skatepark planned for the Southern California town of San Juan Capistrano. Construction on the park is expected to begin in July 2022 and the park should be ridable by the end of the year.
One of the more popular skateparks in Orange County, Tustin Skatepark offers 12,000-square-foot of concrete goodness. The skatepark is located in the OC town of Tustin, California, and offers a blend of street and transitioned terrain, including a mini-bowl.
Other Skateparks Near Orange County
Part of the Inland Empire and the LA metro region, Orange County is near several other Southern California counties that boast their own world-class skateparks. Check out the guides linked below for more info:
About Orange County
Located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Orange County is the sixth-most populous county in the United States. The county is home to Disneyland Resort, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the U.S. Navy’s Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, among other things.
OC has a long history of board sports. Surfing was probably introduced in 1908 by a Hawaiian named George Freeth. The county was home to the first surfing club on the U.S. mainland, the Corona del Mar Surfboard Club, which was formed in the late 1920s. San Clemente is still considered the primary hub of the US surf industry.
Skateboarding boomed in Orange County in the 1970s. The leading skate mag, SkateBoarder, was based in Dana Point. The county had tons of steep roads where skaters could test their metal, in places like Anaheim Hills, Lemon Heights, Mission Viejo, and Laguna Beach.
The area also had tons of empty pools and ditches to skate. As skateboarding has gone through boom and bust cycles, OC has long had some of the best skateparks. In the 1970s there were Concrete Wave in Anaheim and Skatopia in Buena Park. Today, there are the parks listed above.