Best parks to go skateboarding

Our top three spots for popping ollies.

  • Rodney Torres skating Flushing Meadows--Corona Park

  • Rodney Torres skating Flushing Meadows--Corona Park

  • Rob Campbell skating Flushing Meadows--Corona Park

  • Rodney Torres skating Flushing Meadows--Corona Park

  • Rob Campbell skating Flushing Meadows--Corona Park

  • Rodney Torres skating Flushing Meadows--Corona Park

  • Hudson River Park Pier 62

  • Hudson River Park Pier 62

  • Hudson River Park Pier 62

  • Hudson River Park Pier 62

  • Hudson River Park Pier 62

  • Hudson River Park Pier 62

  • Anthony Rodriguez pulling off a wall ride on artist Mark Gonzales's Krooked Eyes mural at Open Road Skate Park

  • Eli Reed at Open Road Skate Park. Wall art by Signal

  • Olu Wallace at Open Road Skate Park

Image #1 is in 3-D (3-D glasses required).

Top pick

Flushing Meadows--Corona Park
The iconic Brooklyn Banks may have shuttered, but its spirit lives on in this new skate park, opened last month and built on the remains of the World's Fair Astral Fountain. Flushing Meadows-- Corona Park is a mash-up of the best skating landmarks in NYC, including copies of the nine-stair rail from the Banks, the handicap rail from Union Square, the renowned grate and ledge from the Unisphere, and 11 more obstacles beloved by the skating community. To build the course, designers California Skate Parks consulted with NYC skaters, including Rodney Torres (rodneytorresnyc.com), the skating "mayor" of Flushing, Queens. Enter at Passarelle Pedestrian Overpass near the Mets--Willets Point subway station (718-760-6565, nycgovparks.org)

Runners-up

Hudson River Park Pier 62
California-style bowls add a new dimension to the otherwise street-skating-dominated scene: Hang out at the western fence to watch boarders carve and grind in the closed pool, while in-line skaters hurtle through flowing, open banks behind them. W 22th St at Twelfth Ave (212-627-2020, hudsonriverpark.org)

Open Road Skate Park
A contaminated lot—reclaimed in the '90s—has been resurfaced by Open Road with seven layers of engineered acrylic, making it the smoothest ride in the city. Look for skaters doing wall rides on artist Mark Gonzales's Krooked Eyes mural, and the addition of a new bowl this summer. E 12th St between First Ave and Ave A (playgrounddesign.blogspot.com)