Small Town USA is not exactly known for being an oasis for Skate Boarders, BMX’ers, and Rollerbladers, but the quaint town of Waxhaw, NC is just that! The Waxhaw Skate Park sits in the back of this historic North Carolina town like an undiscovered treasure, with a quality facility awaiting those who feel the skate vibe.
The park was built in 2006, and looks and feels new, with smooth, clean, fast, and technical skating surfaces free of graffiti. Overall the local skaters like the park,… in fact they are honored to have a facility of this caliber close to them. They say the feel of the park, and the skating surface is tight and technical, and reminds some of the older Skate Pros of a 70’s era Skate Park, with several bowl sections, jumps, steel rails, and a quality traditional half pipe. The facility is fenced, and is maintained by the City of Waxhaw, and also by the skaters themselves, who will often bring their own leaf blowers out to clear the cement surfaces. The location is ideal for parents with children in several age groups too, with a playground located next door, and shopping, salons, restaurants, and an excellent Coffeehouse within close walking distance of the Skate Park.
The Waxhaw Skate Park hosts a variety of visitors from very talented local Pro level skaters to beginners, on skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and BMX bikes, and a wide age range of visitors. The Park Rules require helmets and other safety gear, but the locals seem to prefer to skate freestyle with a minimal of protection. The park overall is built for safety, and the design is good, with flowing bowls, rails, flowing camel backs and jumps. Some of the advanced skaters would like to see higher, more advanced obstacles, but the overall consensus among skaters is that they all appreciate that the facility is there, and available to them free of charge. The only other skate facility nearby is located in Charlotte, NC, and is a pay facility, with tight safety restrictions. The Waxhaw Skate Park is available free of charge, and has a feel of creative freedom, and expression.
If there were any negatives, the local skaters say they would like to see the Waxhaw officials keep the park open longer hours, and on more dates. When I visited the park there were a lot of very enthusiastic and talented skaters there, and they were ripping, and using every square foot of the facility in many creative ways!
To get there take Hwy 75 or Hwy 16 into Waxhaw, NC, and the skate park is one block off 75 (Main St.), at the corner of S. Church St. and Caldwell St.