With 40 skate parks across the state, Maine is home to a cool skateboarding community and culture you might not know about. Despite long winters, skaters make the most of the time they have to shred. With street-park designed spaces and massive concrete areas ideal for getting in a good session, skaters have plenty to choose from in the Pine Tree State. Here are the nine best.
Nestled in the western mountains in the quaint town of Bethel is a purpose-built skate park. This outdoor concrete park is free and opened year-round for skateboarding. Located on Route 26 and just a hop, skip, and a jump from Sunday River, the Bethel Skatepark is a great place to practice your skills.
Located at the base of Sugarloaf Ski Mountain, the Anti-Gravity Center is open for all the daredevils. The 20,000-square-foot facility contains Maine’s largest indoor skate bowl and has an aggressive street park design. The park is open daily over the winter and even offers skateboard lessons.
This 15,000-square-foot concrete outdoor skate park is opened daily. Designed by Breaking Ground Skateparks, the Augusta Skatepark has a five-foot bowl, flatbar, over 20 feet of ledges, and five stairs with hubba. The park is located near the Augusta rotary on Bangor Street.
The outdoor Bangor Skatepark was revived in 2012 by skateboarder Josh Kaffer. The 9,000-square-foot skate park is constructed of Skatelite and concrete. The park is free to the public and operated by volunteers. Grab your board and hit the ramps and jumps.
The Park is a 6,000-square-foot indoor skate park for skateboarding, inline skating, BMX bikes, and scooters. Obstacles include a six-foot half pipe, half pyramid, a hubba ledge, and more. Opened daily, there is a small admission fee to use the park or you can purchase a full year access pass. Don’t have a board? There is a skate shop in the building for all your skating needs.
The Lewiston Public Skatepark is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. depending on the weather. This outdoor concrete skate park was designed and built by Breaking Ground Skateparks and features obstacles like a capsule bowl and rails. Tony Hawk even skated the park in 2009!
The Portland Skate Park was opened in 2010 at Dougherty Field on St. James Street. The large concrete park contains a skateable bench, a quarter pipe, and an A-frame pyramid. In addition to skateboarders and inline skaters, the park is open to mountain bikers, too.
The Old Town-Orono YMCA houses a small indoor skateboard open to YMCA members and no-members. There are plenty of boxes, ramps, and rails to skate here. Helmets are required for all.
This outdoor concrete skate park is open to the public daily. While it’s not the biggest park in the state, it has steps, ledges and lots of rails. You’ll really fly in this park.