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editor's note:
Palm Desert

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: Dessert for the desert!

You know it's over-the-top hot in your town when the asphalt roads start to melt and little bits of tar fling up and stick to your fenders... yes, it gets that hot in Palm Desert. As a kid I used to spend a lot of weekends at my mom's house near this park... crazy hot. The good news - besides that fact that this park is SICK! - is that it almost never rains in the desert [duh!], so this park is rideable almost 365 days a year!

Now that I'm done bitching about the heat, let's talk about the park - it's awesome! Definitely one of the best in Cali, by a long shot. It's built by Purkiss Rose [714.871.3638], and while they usually build "pretty good" parks, this may be the best one I've seen from them so far. It's real big, has an excellent combination of tech and big redneck flow lines. The elevation change is about 8 ft from the highest to the lowest points in the park - which is *real* good! If you can stand the heat, or if you're there in the cooler parts of the year, you'll be all set.

Update: "We discovered that they are opening a new portion of the Palm Desert skatepark. The new side was scheduled to open in Aug 01, but it is still fenced-off. It is a pretty small section, but the featured bowl looks like it has a little bit of potential - maybe 5' to the top of the escalator coping. It never hurts to add to a park."

- Chris "Old Schooler" Hibler: Oct'01

As far as other parks go, you're kinda far away from any other options. I hear Palm Springs is getting a park soon [got info or pics - pls send 'em this way]. Other than that, you have to head west toward the Inland Empire. Once you get outta the desert you've got wood/indoor action at pay parks like The Brickyard in Redlands and Vans in Ontario. Further west you've got the IE-4 pack of "ehh-okay" parks at La Verne, Glendora, San Dimas, and Claremont. Last but not least, you've got great flow and gnarly lines at Diamond Bar's concrete set up.

Directions: Palm Desert is a few miles east of Palm Springs on Interstate 10. Take Interstate 10 past Palm Springs and exit Monterey heading south. Drive south [toward the mountains] for about three miles and make a left [east] on Fred Waring Drive. Then make another left [north] on San Pablo Avenue. The skatepark is on the immediate right in Civic Center Park, which is across the street from the College of the Desert.

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^ "We skated Palm Desert and were fairly
impressed with the snake run. For a free park,
that's as good as it gets!"
[Comment: Chris Hibler]

^ Look at those
lovely lines...

^ Nose grinder from

^ Jad Toukan
coping w/ about
95 degrees on this

^ "My friends call me
Big John."
[Submission: Big John]

^ I took this shot
almost two years
ago... this guy
is probably into
razor scooters by

< -- ^ New section of the park
- may already be open!
[Photos: Chris Hibler]

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