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World Of Wheels:

1544 Standiford Ave
Modesto, CA


editor's note:

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: Modesto is besto

Route 99 - an alternate to the 5 - offers up a lot of skateparks as you travel north/south thru old Cali-Caliente. One such gem of a ride can be found in central CA's Modesto.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say a lot of guys won't like this place for one simple reason: No Coping! There is coping on the spine, but the majority of the park sports rounded concrete edges. Some spots are grindable/slidable, but coping junkies will be burned on this park all the same. No disrespect to park designers Purkiss Rose [714.871.3638], the park *is* well built. However, this is the same reaction we heard from skater's at North Bend in WA [also built by Purkiss Rose]... good park unless you need to feel those trucks lock on and gri-i-i-ind!

With the trashing talking out of the way, this park has lots of potential for a good time. In fact, you could check out GRIPTAPE and GASOLINE for some craving-creating video footage of the late, great Tim Brauch as he gives Modesto a proper beating. Endless flow lines, big transfers, spine tricks and more, Modesto deserves respecto [ouch!].

For more central CA parks, you could check out the soon to be legendary Ripon. Further west you'll find good times at Livermore, Dublin, Alameda, and Vans Milpitas. To the north, Sac-town vert dawgs will be into Grand Prix. Speaking of "up north," we've heard lots of reports of a delicious slice of skatepark cake up in Grass Valley [Got pics?].

Directions: Modesto is about a half hour south of Stockton on Highway 99. Exit onto Standiford Avenue off of the highway and head west. Continue east on Standiford for about three miles, after you cross McHenry Ave. Standiford will turn into Sylvan Avenue. Drive another mile east on Standiford and look for Forrest Glenn Drive on the left. The skatepark is in Beyer Park on the corner of Sylvan Ave and Forrest Glenn.

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^ 13,000 sq ft of
flow town

^ Welcome to the
Modesto skatepark
here in Beyer Community

^ Transfers are
calling your name

^ A good sized spine to
get you warmed up for
Ripon's bag of tricks

^ Death box

^ There are a
couple of grinded-
down ledges

^ The rail is sure
to spin the wheels
of the hammer
droppers out there

[ click pix to enlarge ]

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