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editor's note:
Long Beach - El Dorado

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: Follow me Long Beach posse!

Hummm, what to say about the Long Beach skatepark??? Well, it's pretty good. True, it's your standard, chicken shit, no balls SoCAL design, but it's better than a lot of the mid-sized concrete parks around here.

The park was designed by Purkiss Rose [714.871.3638] - designers of many a fine SoCAL park. They designed our park in Santa Barbara - and that's a pretty fun park. They also designed the San Dimas and Diamond Bar parks. Both of those are similar to what you'll find at El Dorado. I don't know who actually *built* this park [the designer is not the same thing as the builder], but the coping is super wack [wack means "not good", country boy!] in a few places, so watch out for that.

One excellent thing about this place is that it's no hassles! You'll probably get a ticket for riding here without your pads, but that's nothing compared to the bullshit red-tape you have to get thru to ride nearby parks like Malibu or Oceanside. El Dorado did it right: Put up some big signs about the rules, don't bother with fencing, and let the kids ride. This is the formula for maximum use of a park. No monitor, no barbed wire, no waivers - just like a basketball court, "use at your own risk!" Good job, Long Beach!

New parks are popping up in this part of the world all the time. You've got a minimal park at Venice, a feeble little park in Hermosa, a beat up wood park in Seal Beach, the Vans park in Orange, as well as a couple of parks in Huntington. There are also parks in Irvine, Bell Gardens, Fullerton, Westminster, and Laguna Hills. We'll be adding pics of many of these parks soon, so stay tuned.

Directions: Coming from downtown Los Angeles, take the 110 Freeway south to the 405 Freeway south. Exit at Studebaker Road and make a left [north]. The skatepark is a little over a mile northeast of the 405 on Studebaker Road, inside El Dorado Park. The actual skatepark is behind a building [maybe a library? Senior center???] at 2800 Studebaker Road.

...scroll down for pics

[ click pix to enlarge ]

^ Panoramic overview
of the scene at El
Dorado in Long Beach

^ Bluntslide hammers
from unknown tech

^ Daniel Abel
levitates above
the 8 stair

^ You're gonna put some scratches in
your pretty board
graphic doing that,

^ .45 caliber
fun box

^ This is a
separate bowl
[not related to
the double bowl w/
the spine]. No
coping on this one.
You can't see this
bowl in the
overview shot.

^ Here's a good
shot of what
coping is NOT
supposed to look
like. Good luck
rolling in on that

^ Proper respects to
the city of Long Beach for
having the good sense to
put together a skate scene
with very few hassles!

[ click pix to enlarge ]

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