Ripon’s Curt Pernice Skatepark has been named one of the best skateparks in California by Thrasher Magazine. The 30,000 square foot park features endless lines and tons of hips. From beginner to advanced levels, skaters will be stoked on the park’s pyramids, boxes, rails, step up and half pipe.
Helmets are needed. Pads are optional, but they are recommended.There are no shade trees around this park, so slather on the sunscreen before going out.The park is located on Hughes Road, behind the City Hall and across Harvest Estates Park.
Hours of operation: dawn to dusk.
In March 2001, Pastor Curt Pernice stood before the Ripon City Council and said that he had donated most of the materials and labor to complete the final phase of our skatepark expansion. He said the cost to the city would be very small.
In July 2007, Pernice said that the city had broken its promise by failing to complete the expansion at a cost of $400,000. As a member of the Council in 2006, he spent an additional $9,500 on a new design, although records indicate that we already had a design. That’s $409,500 of taxpayers ‘ money for a park he said he was going to build six years ago at a low cost to the city.
This park is not wide. But it’s got crazy nice transitions, and it’s not really for beginners. There’s no mellow if you don’t want to skate the benches that are fun if you know how to force your grinds on cement ledges. It’s all about transition and hitting the hips or the big bank section. They’ve got a flat bar over grass that’s kind of inconvenient. But this park has the legendary status of Cardiel, and Gonz’s footage is epic.
Thrasher Magazine named Curt Pernice Skate Park one of the best in California, and they weren’t wrong. The park, located in the Central Valley town of Ripon (approximately 80 miles east of San Francisco), is known for its epic pool, a concrete behemoth that occupies most of the 2,800-square-metre area and can match any other in the state or beyond. Skaters can pick up a number of pyramids, boxes and rails, along with step-ups and a sweet half pipe. The vibe is chilled, as welcome to beginners and tourists passing through as it is to the hardcore set that frequents the park. The surrounding area is nicely landscaped but treeless, so make sure you apply suncream liberally before heading into the concrete jungle.
Things you can do; bocce ball, horseshoes, museum, hike, bike, climb jungle gyms, play softball, picnic, rent a covered area for receptions, study, use a playground for events or games.