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editor's note:
Albany

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: The "Jan Brady" of skateparks

As a skatepark in a state like Oregon, you have to go the extra mile to get noticed. Competing for reputation and attention w/ parks like Burnside and Newburg to the north, and Ashland and Medford to the south, poor ole' Albany hardly ever gets mentioned... but that doesn't mean it's not a great park.

Just off the 5 between Salem and Eugene, Albany is totally worth a quick look see. We don't know who built it, but if we had to guess we'd say that it might be built by the same folks that put together Talent. Albany's got a solid flow-enabled design, w/ some big elevation changes, plenty of hesh features and some tech terrain thrown in to round it all out. Anywhere else, this might be one of the standout parks in the state, but as part of the Northwest's current skatepark explosion, this park remains a fairly underrated locale.

While you're in the neighborhood, the guys at Dreamland have another ass kicker for you in Aumsville. We have a few more local recommendations for you as well, but we'll save those for another time...

Directions: From Salem, take Interstate 5 south toward Albany. From the 5, get on Highway 20 and head west [we've got some notes that say highway 20 might also be called "Pacific Blvd"... In any case its the street west of the 5 between 9th and 7th St.]. When you come to Pine [just west of Geary St] make a right [north], then a left two blocks later on 6th St. The park is on the right just a few blocks down the road.

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^ Jurassic 5 might say
that Albany would "take
you back to the concrete
streets..."



^ Fun box options


^ Bang! - Cory Parr
blasting off an indi



^ Front flip to
back breaker...
ouch!





^ Nate Vineyard w/
the melon steez



^ The lightest
skater we've ever
shot - here's 48 lbs
of Cassie Scott



^ This hit is a
lot like the
hit at Talent
skatepark



^ Nick Claro
working the tail
slide action





^ The bowl, complete
w/ a channel and coping



^ One-footed
flyout from the
bowl



^ Random hand-plant
variation on the old
school tip



^ Indi flyout


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