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editor's note:
Paramount Skatepark

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: From the Crypt!

We could have sworn that we'd shot the Paramount skatepark - sometime in 2001. We skated it, too, but never could find the shots? Two years and a couple hundred skateparks later, out comes the Paramount evidence.

It's a pretty good park - part of the "2nd generation" of Purkiss Rose [714.871.3638] projects. It's not too gnarly, or creative, but it has one smart bit of planning that makes good sense - 3 distinct sections! You've got a lazy round bowl, the "street" area, and a separate, smaller street area. Separate sections means fewer crash-ups... good idea.

For more parks in the area, check these options... There's wooden pay-park action at Torrance. There's a much better bowl at Bellflower - but their street course isn't great. Fullerton, Brea, and La Habra are all right, too.

Directions: Paramount is right in the middle of the LA sprawl... to get there, take the 710 fwy and exit Rosecrans, heading east. Cross over Orange, then make a right [south] on Garfield, followed by a left [east, again] on Sommersett. A couple blocks later, the skatepark is on your right [south side], at the intersection of Sommersett and Illinois.

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^ Concrete crunchiness in Paramount CA.
Note the bowl on the left... the far left side
in this shot is higher than the right side of
the bowl That gives you speed to transfer out
into the street course. That higher side also
has escalator sections for downhill coping grinds.
Not great, but worth checking out...

^ Hubba on the right, wimpy funbox
in the middle and double-kink on the

^ 8 stair rail

^ One of the cooler
skatepark signs ever

^ In a separate area, smaller

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