A variety of skate parks are designed and built around the state for skateboarding, in-line skating, and bikes. Some provide outdoor entertainment while others create an indoor spot to escape the weather blues. With various surfaces from concrete to asphalt, skateboarders can take their pick of the best park around. Parks range from free admission to low daily prices.
Cheshire Skate Park
520 South Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 272-2743
www.cheshirect.orgThis skate park is conveniently located at Bartlem Recreation Area in Cheshire, which is home to pavilions, picnic areas, sports fields, kidscapes, and the pool. The Cheshire skate park is outdoors and open year round from dawn until dusk. It is an ARC set up with asphalt flooring. An added benefit is that entrance to the park is free of charge. Please note that bikes are not permitted at this skate park.
Greenwich Skatepark
Arch Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 496-9876
www.greenwichct.orgGreenwich’s skate park is located in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Parents will love the fact that it is highly supervised while open. The park is appropriate for children six years of age and older. Children between the ages of six and nine must have an adult present for supervision. This skate park is beginner friendly with a supportive atmosphere. Protective gear is a requirement for skateboarding and in-line skating. Admission is $10 per day or $30 per month. Weekday hours during peak times of April through October is 3:30 p.m. until a half hour before dusk. On weekends it is open from 12:30 p.m. until a half hour before dusk. During off peak months the hours of operation change with reduced access. Summer camp information is available on the website.
CT Skate Park
80 South St.
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 582-3334
www.ctbike.comThere’s a lot of benefits to stopping by CT Skate Park. For one its indoor location is the perfect way to keep cool in the summer or warm in the winter. The park is celebrating its 27th anniversary, which speaks for itself. It offers a variety of attractions different from other skate parks, including lessons on Saturdays between 11 a.m. – noon. There’s also a pro shop on site and the park hosts birthday parties. Anyone can buy tokens online for your child to use for admission, creating a unique birthday present. The hours of operation are Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.Related:  Best Go Kart Racing In Connecticut

Groton Skatepark
Poquonnock Road
Groton, CT 06357
(860) 536-5680
www.groton-ct.govIf you’re looking for a well built and designed park, you’ve come to the right place. Built of concrete, this park is proven to withstand the high traffic skating without the show of wear and tear. Groton’s skate park is located outdoors in Sutton Park. It is free of charge to use the park. Hours of operation are sunrise to sunset. Keep in mind that this park was built and designed with a skateboarder in mind.
Newington Skatepark
Willard & New Britain Ave.
Newington, CT 06111
(860) 665-8666
www.newingtonct.govNot many skate parks permit bikes. Newington Skatepark allows in-link skates, skateboards, and bikes. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Expect the park to be closed when the surface is wet from inclement weather such as rain. Safety equipment such as helmets and protective pads are required. This is a free but unsupervised skate park. Visitors must follow the park rules.Related: Top Dog Runs In Connecticut

Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.