Walker Mill Skatepark
The Walker Mill Skatepark is a 12,000 square-foot outdoor concrete skatepark in Capitol Heights, Maryland that first opened in 2015. The creatively designed park includes a flow bowl and a street plaza.
|Location||Capitol Heights, Maryland|
|Address||7857 Walker Mill Road|
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
|Features||Quarterpipe, spine, flow park, manual pad, London gap, hubbas, curbs, kickers, handrails, flat rails, ledges, banks, and stairs.|
|Size||12,000 square feet|
|Riding Allowed||Skateboards and in-line skates|
|Construction||Concrete and shotcrete|
|Hours||Sunrise to Sunset|
|Design/Build||Spohn Ranch Skateparks|
The Walker Mill Skatepark opened with a ribbon ceremony on July 10th, 2015 to celebrate the collaboration of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Spohn Ranch design and construction team.
The result of their collaboration was the much anticipated modern skate facility that effectively mixes innovative terrain designs with artistic style.
Walker Mill Skatepark has a peculiar and original overall shape and flow that you do not see with many other skateparks. The park takes on some characteristics of a flow park a circular pattern that can be skated in a way to maintain continuous movement as a skater goes from one obstacle to the other or hits the inner snake-like ramps.
When you first enter the skate park, you have several options to proceed. Also, you may want to see how other skaters are approaching the circular flow of the park to see if there is a rhyme or reason that you may want to fall in line with in order to prevent becoming a disruption. You can look at it as if there are two circles, an inner circle, and an outer circle.
The inner circle is comprised of a snake-like series of ramps all with coping that contains a circular half-bowl, a rounded rectangular half-bowl, and a 180-degree ramp that transition skaters will absolutely love. Adjacent to all of these transition ramps is a volcano with a rounded top.
The outer circle contains several rails, hubbas, ledges, stair sets, and various other street elements for skaters to enjoy. The far side of the outer circle is comprised of an elongated quarterpipe with a rounded corner ramp and a manual pad placed in the center.
There are two stair sets, one three-stair and one five-stair on opposite sides of the outer circle. Each stair set has a handrail to practice crooked grinds, board slides, and various other tricks.
Aside from the stairs sets, there are two other rails, numerous hubbas, and several ledges that can entertain street-style skaters for hours.
Here’s a tour of the park that we found on YouTube:
The Walker Mill Skatepark is only a portion of the much larger 500-acre Walker Mill Regional Park. Other amenities located at the Regional Park include basketball and tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, a football field, an imagination playground with a misting pad, restrooms, paved walking and biking trails, and a large 128-person group picnic shelter that can be rented out in advance for large gatherings.