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editor's note:
Berkeley Skatepark

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: Berserkley!

UPDATE: park is now OPEN again...

As of Jun '03, the Berkeley skatepark is back open and fully skateable. It was closed for at least three months in earlier 2003 due to toxic chemicals. Here's the quote we got when it closed:

"This is Ed Murphy in Berkeley. Yes, this will confirm the skatepark is closed [reopened in Jun '03!]. We had ground water which contained hexovalent chromium [aka CR6] leaking into the park. It was a high enough level of CR6 that it posed a potential danger to users. Closed pending studies. Risk assessment should be completed in the next couple of weeks. If risk level is low, we'll open the park. If it's not, we'll have to keep it closed until we can come up w/ a way to keep the water out."

- Ed Murphy: Feb '03
  City of Berkeley

Notice to Bay Area locals and travelers - we'd like to bring your attention to the new skatepark in Berkeley - North Berkeley, actually, but close enough! Word on the street is she's one sexy thang...

"New park... Smooth bowls and ramps. $750,000 - 18,000 sq ft. Opened, like, Sep25, 2002? Check it."

- Dan the Man: Oct '02

"Berkeley rips - IF it's not crowded [but since the park is new, it's crowded]. There's an awesome double-bowl, and pretty good trannie throughout - although some of the banks on the left side can be a little abrupt. The main line down the right side of the park stays crowded because it's a great launch ramp. Worth a visit, but due to it's size and layout, it's crowded with more than 10 riders."

- Chris Hawn: Nov '02

"You HAVE to get the digs on Berkeley... this weekend I went to their new park [couple months old] - IT RIPS!!! Trannie, trannie fun... better than Alameda!!!"

- Steve Sisler: Dec '02

The SKATEparkLIST gives up the goods on your other local options... highlights include Alameda, Piedmont, and Crocker in EssEff. Northbound action includes Antioch, plus Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, and the new KILLER park in Novato. Southbounders - don't miss Palo Alto, Milpitas, and some of the biggest walls in Cali at Redwood City.

Directions: From SF, take 80 east to Berkeley, which bends north after the Bay Bridge. From the 80, exit Gilman in "North Berkely." Head east for just a couple blocks, and hang a left [north] onto either Fourth or Fifth St [?]. 1 block up [north] is Harrison St and the park. It's right next to the North Face Outlet store. You can also take BART to the North Berkeley stop and figure it out from there... not too far from that station.

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^ Funky, original and gnarly. Just like
Berkeley herself! [Photo: Chris Hawn]

^ Just about every section of
this park has great flow, even
the more technical sections...
big props on that. Big props
all over the place at this park.

^ "Note camel-humps along right
fence line." [Comments: Chris Hawn]

^ SHITEO: Just
a little pop off one
of the walls in this
ani-sequence of Jake
Palu. Thanks, dude!

^ The 3 inch coping, like the rest
of the bowl - is legit! That guy
mid-carve was no little kid. This
is a real skatepark. Go get some!

^ Big manual pad with step-up gaps
on both sides...

^ This place has such unique lines...
have to go to Canada for more
terrain like this.

[ click pix to enlarge ]

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