Livingston Skatepark, Livingston, Scotland

Internationally renowned, the Livingston Skatepark, located about a one-hour drive west of Edinburgh, opened in 1981 and expanded in both the 1990s and the 2010s. This large park is free to use and features a half pipe, full pipe, bowls and hips.

Black Pearl Skate Park, Grand Harbour, Cayman Islands

Covering more than 4,800 square metres, this expansive park includes quarter pipes, half pipes, rails, stairs and bowls, making it one of the largest in the world. It was opened in 2005 by skateboard legend Tony Hawk.

Vancouver Skate Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Located on the corner of Quebec and Union streets under the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, this street-style park features rails, ramps, steps and curbs. There is even a “skate host” who works a few hours several times a week during the summer.

Burnside Skatepark, Portland, Oregon

Built by boarders on the east side of the Willamette River under the Burnside Bridge without City permission, the park has since been embraced by the community and matured into one of the best skateboard facilities in the world.

[This story appears in the March 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]