Local skateboarders looking to hone their skills have a variety of parks to choose from, each with its own style, atmosphere and skill level.
Helmets are required — and enforced — at all parks. Hours vary, and most parks are supervised by local police or full-time security.
Unless otherwise stated, parks are open from dawn to dusk. Some parks are tucked inside corners of existing spaces, while others offer room for dozens of skaters.
The Ashland Community Skate Park offers some 12,000 square feet of space, with rollerblades and bikes (with covered pegs and handle bars) welcome. All park users are required to wear helmets and safety pads are encouraged. Restrooms are available on site. For details, call Ashland Parks and Recreation at 488-5340.
One of the valley's newer parks, the Joel Tanzi Memorial Skate Park near Fourth Street and Central Point Elementary was designed by a local skateboarder. The quarter-acre site is one of the valley's few "street style" parks with a series of rails, stairs and grinding blocks that lure skaters from beginner to expert. Rest rooms and a drinking fountain are nearby. For more details, call 664-3321, ext. 261.
Tucked beneath the historic Jacksonville Cemetery near the D Street parking lot, "The Ledge" is a bowl-style attraction open from 8 a.m. to dark with public restrooms nearby. Helmets are required and strictly enforced. Call 899-1231.
The state's second largest site, the Medford Skate Park inside Bear Creek Park on Highland Street offers a series of bowls and ledges to maneuver. It opens at 8:30 a.m. daily. Helmets are required and enforced. Rest rooms are available in the park. BMX riders are prohibited, but a bike track is located nearby. Call 774-2400.
The Talent Skate Park, 111 E. Main St., is another bowl-style park with plenty of space. Bikes are permitted, as long as they have covered pegs and handle bars. Helmets are required and enforced. Rest rooms and a spectator area are on site.Call 535-1566.
The street-style park boasts some 14,000 square feet of ramps, runs and rails near Division Street and the Cascade Swimming Pool. The park is open to skateboards, in-line skates and bikes. Call 878-3165.