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Irvine Skatepark

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: Ample flow and a bunko bowl

One of two skateparks in the area, Irvine's public skatepark offers up a couple decent lines and various rails for the tech fiends.

This is not the world's best skatepark, but it's not too bad. Like a lot of parks in California, this park was built by Purkiss Rose [714.871.3638] - and that can be both good and bad. For the most part, their parks are solid - they usually work okay. On the other hand, they tend to be at least a bit on the timid side [4 ft walls and under], with a few lines that can ruin or hinder the flow. This is one of those "Cool we got a skatepark... too bad they didn't get someone truly excellent to design it."

For those of you that pay attention to this kind of stuff, Thrasher Magazine printed a killer letter from "Frank Hater" regarding Purkiss Rose parks in their Nov'01 issue:

"Your boys at Purkiss Rose, the idiots responsible for the rash of shitty, half-assed parks... I'm stoked the parks are getting built, but these kinked out concrete splotches you guys are coming up with are not cutting it. Why not take pride in your work and make your parks outstanding?"

- "Frank Hater" Sep'01

To illustrate "Frank Hater's" point, let's take a look at the bowl [in the big wide shot below]. I didn't ride it personally, but I don't think you have to to know that it sucks. A good bowl may be a bit of an art, but it's not a mystery. You may recognize this skill-less attempt from it's bowlish replica at Brea [good park, shit bowl - pics and review coming soon]. Same terrible execution - a waste of concrete and the city's budget. Step it up Purkiss Rose - we're watching you.

For more parks in this area, check out the pay park in Irvine, Gravity Games Skatepark. For a much better *bowl* from the Purkiss crew take look at Westminster. Huntington has a little "ashtray" of a skatepark... There's the famous Vans park in Orange, yet another Purkiss jobber at Long Beach, and a pretty terrible park in Hermosa. Don't forget one of the better Purkiss parks in San Clemente.

Directions: From Los Angeles, take Interstate 5 south. Take the Culver Drive exit and turn right [south] off of the ramp onto Culver Drive. Then make a right onto Walnut Avenue, and a left onto Harvard Avenue. The skatepark is on the right in the Harvard Community Athletic Park.

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^ Irvine does have the
flow-flow... and tickets for
riding padless from the po-po!

^ "Are you *the*
Michael Bolton?"
"No. We just have
the same name..."

^ Scott Braunsdorf
floatin' more style
than the Goodyear

^ Ohhh, purty-purty
rail skills from
Mr Braunsdorf. Knock
it off - you're
making this park
look like fun!

^ SPL freakshow
Mark Size lives
for spines these

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