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SHREDCASTLE: Where to find skate parks around Newcastle

While we’re all looking forward to the opening of the new skate park at Newcastle Beach, there are plenty of other great spots around the city for thrashers to stick a few nosegrabs, kickflips and ollies.

In fact, Newcastle is virtually a concrete paradise for skaters looking to unleash their inner Tony Hawk as you’ll see from three of our favourites below.

So grab your deck, slap on some wrist guards, and join us as we check out just three of our favourite local skate parks.

WHERE LEGENDS ARE BORN

Nestled in Bar Beach, Empire Park Skate Park is the holy grail for skaters in Newcastle. With its killer ramps, rails, and bowls, this place is a breeding ground for future skateboarding legends. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, Empire Park offers something for everyone. Plus, with the ocean breeze kissing your face as you catch air, it’s hard to beat the vibe of this iconic skate spot.

Empire Park Skate Park
107 Memorial Drive, Bar Beach.

A HIDDEN GEM

For skaters who like to think outside the box, Maryland Drive Reserve Skate Park is the ultimate playground. Located in Maryland, this park boasts an innovative design that encourages creativity and experimentation. From unique obstacles to challenging transitions, every inch of this park is begging to be conquered by fearless riders. So grab your deck and prepare to push the boundaries of what’s possible on four wheels.

Maryland Drive Reserve Skate Park
Grange Avenue Reserve, Boundary Road, Maryland.

THE CHIP BOWL

Diversity is the name of the game here. Skaters of all ages and skill levels all come together to shred in harmony at Charlestown Skate Park. The park features several expansive bowls, each boasting a distinctive layout. These bowls aren’t your run-of-the-mill designs; they’re packed with features like volcanoes, humps, spines, gaps, and other modern elements that amp up the skating experience.

Charlestown Skate Park
Corner Frederick Street and Pacific Highway, Charlestown