Prairie Point Skatepark is an 8,000-square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark located in Oswego, Illinois. The park was designed and constructed by Spohn Ranch in 2009.
Since the park’s construction in 2009, the Prairie Point Skatepark has become a skateboarding hub for the community of Oswego as well as some of the other small towns in and around the Fox River Valley just south of Aurora, Illinois.
|Address||Prairie Point Community Park|
4120 Plainfield Road
Oswego, Illinois 60543
|Features||Quarter pipes, corners, funbox, pyramid, roll-ins, stairs, hubbas, handrails, flat rails, manual pad, and ledges.|
|Size||8,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards, in-line skates, BMX bikes, and scooters.|
|Hours||Sunrise to sunset|
Prairie Point Skatepark Overview
The Prairie Point Skatepark may be a little bit on the smaller side at only 8,000 square feet, however, the Spohn Ranch design and construction team did a great job packing in a lot of different skate elements without overcrowding the space.
The overall shape of the park is set up as a right-angled triangle. In the right-angle corner of the park, you will find an elevated platform with two faces of roll-ins, one three-step stair set, and a low-sitting handrail. From this point of the park, you could either roll in to get some speed to venture into other corners of the park, clear the stair set, grind the handrail, or board slide down one of the hubbas. The main issue, however, is that there is not much of a runway leading up to any of these obstacles, so getting enough speed may be a challenge.
In the top corner of the park, there is a beautiful 180-degree quarterpipe where skaters can grind the coping, pop a quick stall, or simply turn around by skating the face of the corners of the quarterpipe. The shape of the quarter pipe help skaters keep their momentum when turning around by using centripetal force.
In the main body and the last corner of the triangle-shaped skatepark, you will find the street plaza. The street plaza contains many of the best types of street-style skateboard elements. There is a gorgeous and wide four-step stair set with a handrail down the middle that splits the stairs into two.
On either side of the stair set, there are extra-long hubbas set at an easily accessible height. Because of the location of this stair set and its nice long runway, it is easy to get an incredible amount of speed before choosing to hit the rail, one of the hubbas, or bust a backside heelflip over the stairs.
In the middle of the park, you will find a pyramid-shaped funbox complete with an extra-long flat rail and a ledge on the upper edge of the box. There is also a kicker gap and a stand-alone flat rail.
All the elements in the Prairie Point Skatepark seem to be designed with the younger skater in mind due to their size and accessibility. This makes the park an excellent place for newer skaters to build their skills before venturing to bigger parks.
The Prairie Point Skatepark is open from sunrise to sunset during the spring, summer, and fall months of Oswego, Illinois and as weather permits.