Outdoor Skate Parks Nearest to Keller, Texas

by Laurie Rappeport

CNN's "Money Magazine" named Keller Texas as one of the 100 best places to live in the United States in 2011. The magazine notes that the city grows because of "an increase in home values and a steady, strong economy." Residents in the Keller area have access to a wide variety of recreation venues including local skate parks. Outdoor skate parks in the Keller region allow people of all ages to participate in the sport.

Lakeland Hills Park

The Lakeland Hills Park (dallasparks.org) in northeast Dallas, designed by professional skater Dorian Tucker, is sound-dampened, durable and corrosion resistant. The park, approximately one hour's drive southwest of Keller, opened in 2007. Lakeland Hills Park park provides skateboarders with a textured powdercoat steel surface that gives a balance of grip and slip. The park is in the Claremont region of Dallas, off John West Road.

Lively Pointe Skate Park

Lively Pointe Skate Park (irving.tx.us) on North O'Conner Road in Irving, Texas, 40 minutes southeast of Keller, has operated since 2007. The Irving municipality operates the park The skate park features railings, stairs, pyramids, radial edges, manual pads, grind edges, quarter pipes and ledges to enhance the skateboarders' experience. The skate park is lighted and open until 10 p.m.

Allen Skatepark

The Allen Texas municipality operates a skate park (ci.irving.tx.us) on the south end of Allen Station Park. The Allen skate park, an hour's drive northeast of Keller, is the largest skate park in Texas. Skateboarders have a variety of features at the park including stairs with handrails, rails boxes, bowls and pipes. The facility has lighting, and skateboarders have use of the park until 11 p.m.

Wichita Falls Skatepark

The skatepark in Wichita Falls (wichitafallstx.gov), a two-hour drive northwest of Keller, is located on Maurine Street between I-44 and Sheppard Access Road. The park remains open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight and includes stairs, transitions and bowls, rails boxes and ledges. The park has lighting for nighttime users.