Ride It Sculpture Park
Four abandoned lots became an awesome neighborhood skatepark- the only one within the Detroit city limits. Ride It Sculpture Park has a concrete bowl, outfitted with a quarter pipe, ramps, with a street course around the perimeter of the park in the works. The skatepark was a collaboration between artists, skaters and designers. Tony Hawk invested 30k through his Foundation to make improvements. The popular neighborhood gathering spot is a great place for beginners and seasoned skaters- the whole mix is here. Sometimes the action attracts a big crowd, and it may be just what you need to propel you forward, as others challenge you to get better. Another cool thing is that this park isn’t even finished yet, as funds become available more and more elements will be added: the nearby alley will become the street course, and sculptures will take the park to the next level. There’s even a house already secured that will serve as a meeting area, place to rent equipment and get repairs.
Huntington Woods Skatepark
The Huntington Woods Skatepark features all the things you need to skate: a cement bowl, rails, jumps and a series of grind bars. There are three tiers where you can practice and then show off some moves. This spot in Huntington Woods is a great park to perfect your skills and learn new tricks from others. And guess what- its free.
Modern Skate Park
Modern Skate Park is a massive warehouse skate complex in Royal Oak. This indoor skatepark spans 60,000 square feet with rails jumps and is one of the largest facilities of its kind- anywhere! It’s like Rob Dyrdek’s warehouse amped up. Need to brush up on some skills? Sign up for a class and learn some new maneuvers from talented instructors. Hey ladies- there’s also special classes for all ages and abilities, just check out the calendar to look out for special events.
Transitions Skatepark has been around since 1999, and is open every single day of the year. This 14,000 square feet skating facility in Dearborn Heights has an 11 foot vertical wall, five foot spine and tons of ramps rails and pyramids. Hey, it’s good enough for Lil Wayne, who made sure to stop by when one of his tours rolled through. The indoor skatepark are open all day, everyday, and guess what- they pull all-nighters here. Yep, on certain dates the announcement will come through, and it will be an all night-eager, skate-style. Admission for the day is reasonable, but definitely check out the annual membership rates for an unbelievable deal.