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editor's note:
Brea Skatepark

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: "The best one in So Cal"

Slightly inland, and safely across the border into Orange County lies Brea's version of skatepark diversion. Old school road hog Bill Wahl gives it the rating above. We liked it too.

Once you've ridden a bunch of skateparks, you'll begin to notice that some of them seem "related" to each other - Brea's like that. Built by Purkiss Rose [714.871.3638] in the Y2K, this park looks like a few of their other parks including San Clemente skatepark and the park in Long Beach. Another good example of a particular designer and a "family" of parks might be the connection between the parks at Camarillo, Salinas, and Healdsburg [all from Wormhoudt].

Knowing what a park from a certain designer is like, might help you decide if you really need to make the drive to "that other park they did," or if you should just skip it. As far as Brea is concerned, this one is probably worth the drive.

It's true, Brea is small-time and the walls are low [under 4 ft, w/ the exception of the bowl]. However, the flow is nice, the coping and roll-ins work right, we like the spine, and all those square corners give up easy air all thru the park. And the kidney bowl... hummm, can't say that we liked it too much. Seemed like the inside wall was steeper than the outside wall... One last comment - SLIPPERY! The ground surface is incredibly smooth concrete. So smooth, it was hard to push without "spinning your wheels" sometimes. The slickness didn't kill the session, it just made it feel more like an indoor park than most concrete rides you'll get to hit.

In the way of a little drama, this park was nearly "closed down." The park is in a canyon, opposite some houses. Seems some of the locals like to make some booty calls on this park late at night, bringing down the clack-clack-clack on the nearby neighbors. Needless to say, some crankiness ensued and some meetings were had. Here's an update from the street level:

"The park in Brea has a camera on top of a light post and if you show up after hours it takes your picture and warns you that the cops are coming."

- Bryan Buchler: Nov '01

Directions: From the 60 freeway, take Highway 57 south to the Imperial Highway exit and head west. Make a left onto Brea Boulevard, followed by a right onto Elm Street. The skatepark is at the end of the street on the left side within a greater park.

...scroll down for pics




[ click pix to enlarge ]




^ Paste-o-matic viewpoint of
the Brea skatepark





^ Kicker corners
= frequent flyer
miles!





^ John Jacobs frontside
slash in the bowl





^ It's rideable, but it's
not our favorite part of
the park



[ click pix to enlarge ]



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