Skateparks in Lexington, KY have equestrian and street themes


McCartney Scarbrough of Lexington performs a rail slide at Valley Park Skate Spot in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood of Lexington.

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Use our recreation guide to plan your summer of hiking, biking, swimming, and more in Kentucky.

Those hoping to get skateboarding out this season are in luck, as the city of Lexington has four dedicated skate parks.

Beyond the fun places to ride your board and train, these parks have a certain aesthetic appeal — perfect for anyone looking to capture their latest trick for TikTok or another social media platform. So whether you like horses, sculpture gardens, or just the streets, there’s a skate park for you.

The practice of skateboarding has been revived since the pandemic. The sport has become popular on social media sites and debuted at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, further increasing interest. An important element of the resurgence is the increased diversity of skaters, including people of varying genders, ethnicities and backgrounds.

For those who bought a skateboard for the first time through stay-at-home orders from longtime veterans of the sport, here are four skate parks maintained by Lexington Parks and Recreation.

They close every day at sunset and are free.

Kirklevington Skate Park

This park has equipment designed for beginners and those with more skating experience. It aims to offer more urban “street elements,” while blending with existing facilities, according to Lexington Parks and Recreation.

In Kirklevington you can mount your board on benches, concrete boxes, a jersey barrier and a grind rail.

Location: 369 Redding Road, Lexington, KY 40517

Logan Sharp, 19, kicked the Cricket Wireless Skate Spot in Lexington’s Kirklevington Park on October 15 during the park’s grand opening. The skate park has been open since mid-July. Photo by Charles Bertram | Personal Chief Herald

Woodland Skate Park

Spanning 12,000 square feet, the Woodland Skate Park is decorated with platforms, ramps, bowls and pipes, a description of the city from the facility’s notes.

No bikes are allowed at this Lexington skate park.

Location: 600 E. High St., Lexington, KY 40502

Berry Hill Skate Park

This facility pays homage to Lexington’s equestrian culture through its stamped concrete and metal railing in a horseshoe depicting thoroughbreds, according to Parks and Recreation.

The park is 18,000 square feet and listed skate amenities include a snake track, street section, flow bowl, stairs, and rails.

Location: 3489 Buckhorn Drive, Lexington, KY 40515

Valley Park Skate Spot

The newest of Lexington’s skate parks, Valley Park was completed in 2016. Its skate amenities are in line with Kirklevington’s, the city says in a description of the facility.

The 6,200-square-foot facility is designed like a sculpture garden, though you’ll still find incline benches, rails, ledges, and bump ramps.

Location: 2077 Cambridge Drive, Lexington, KY 40504

Lexingon Skatepark Rules

Although these skate spots are free and open to the public, park rules apply. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Children (17 and under) must be supervised by a parent.
  • Know your abilities and skate at your own risk.
  • Skating is permitted only during park hours.
  • Heckles, jostling and fighting are not tolerated.
  • Skaters are encouraged to wear a helmet and knee/elbow pads.
  • Items not intended for skating (benches, tables, etc.) cannot be used as ramps or jumps.
  • You cannot bring glass containers into the fenced rink.
  • Do not descend a ramp until it is clear of other skaters.
  • Do not skate against the current on railings or pipes.
  • Certain weather conditions such as snow, ice or rain may affect safety conditions.
  • Avoid overloading the establishment.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited on site.
  • Spectators are not allowed in the skating area.

A Kentucky recreation law applies to skate park users. The law is designed to mitigate the liability of landowners in the event of injury or death on the premises.

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Meredith Howard is a duty reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat. She graduated from Baylor University and previously freelanced for the Illinois Times and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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