Ramp Riders is a skate park located at 2324 Salena Street, in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s considered by most to be the best skate park in Missouri; but does it really live up to the hype?
I’ll admit, I once judged a book by its cover. It’s hard not to when the cover is a warehouse in a seemingly shady neighborhood that has seen better days. I’m glad I decided to look past the exterior and give the place a chance. After walking up a flight of stairs and opening the doors to the indoor skate park, I was pleasantly surprised.
The floor is smooth concrete and the place is littered with wooden ramps, ranging from vert, kickers, rails, and curbs. Ramp Riders has it everything you’d expect from a great skatepark and then some. More advanced features include a moveable street course, 4′ quarter pipe, and a curved wallride. Needless to say, Ramp Riders caters to everyone, regardless of age or skill level.
Due to the dangerous nature of the extreme sports, everyone looking to participate will be required to sign a waver before they are allowed to step foot on the ramps. This is understandable, and it’s nice to see that Ramp Riders is run my people that actually know how to do things by the book. I’ve been to several skate parks that weren’t this legit.
Ramp Riders offers training courses for kids from the ages 2-10 for the low price of $10. The program is called Wee Man Beginner Session. Unfortunately, the actual Wee Man doesn’t make an appearance. But the overall experience of these courses should more than make up for it. A team member will always be present to supervise and help make everyone comfortable with skateboards, bikes, and the ramps. Whoever accompanies the child is welcome to participate as well – for free. It doesn’t stop there, though. Besides the hands on learning experience, your $10 will also net you a Capri Sun and pizza. These beginner sessions take place every Sunday from 10AM-Noon. If you stay after the beginner session, you’re allowed to partake in the open session for free. An open session is exactly what it sounds like – kids are allowed to put their training to the test in an open environment without the handholding of the beginner session. The first open session is from Noon-4PM.
If you’re just starting out and a little shy, Ramp Riders also offers private lessons. Their team members are boasted as the “best in St. Louis,” happen to be friendly and helpful, and are always available for one on one lessons – granted you schedule in up to one week in advance. The prices are a little steep: $35.00 for one hour or $60.00 for two hours. You’re also required to supply a nonrefundable $20.00 deposit to reserve a lesson.
They offer some cool special incentives to keep coming back. You get to ride or skate for free on your birthday. All you have to do is supply a valid form of identification. Every Thursday girls can get in on the action for free. Bible Banger Sunday allows you to bring in your church’s Sunday bulletin to get one session for $5. If you’re old and desperately trying to hold on to your youth, every third Monday of every month BMX riders get to ride for free.
There’s a skate and bike shop onsite, stocked with BMX, skateboard, and inline skating products. If they don’t have it in stock, they can order it within 5-7 days at no shipping cost to you. All bikes are assembled by qualified mechanics that ride BMX themselves. You’ll have the ability to ride the bike in the park before you buy it. With the purchase of a complete bike you receive five free sessions, 1-year adjustments, and free additional part installations. They also offer gift certificates, which can be used on merchandise or sessions, and layaway.
Ramp Riders is the go-to skate park in Missouri. The price of admission is only $10. I have yet to encounter one that beats the overall experience and community at Ramp Riders.
2324 Salena, St. Louis, Mo 63104
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