Photo by Mike Gustafson
901 2nd Avenue,
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
THE SKATEPARK CABINET AND CALIFORNIA SKATEPARKS COLLABORATED TO CREATE A WORLD-CLASS SKATEPARK IN DES MOINES THAT IS THE LARGEST OPEN SKATEPARK IN THE NATION, TOTALING MORE THAN 88,000 SQ. FT.
The Lauridsen Skatepark was created with our community in mind, to provide fun and challenging opportunities for skateboarders and spectators alike.
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, the skatepark sits on five acres at the northern edge of the Principal Riverwalk – just east of the Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center. Designed by California Skateparks, the Lauridsen Skatepark is an attractive extension of the city’s beautiful Principal Riverwalk.
Polk County Conservation, manager of the Lauridsen Skatepark, along with Catch Des Moines (the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau), Skate DSM (local non-profit), Subsect (local skateboard shop), and Polk County Iowa are excited to bring this new recreational, opportunity to Des Moines.
- NO Pets in Skating Area
- Modification to any part of the skatepark or unauthorized ramps, rails, or other obstacles
- Use of Metal Pegs on BMX Bikes (Plastic Pegs ONLY)
- Motorized Vehicles
- Littering &/or Dumping of Debris
- Use of Alcohol
- Use of Glass Containers
- Smoking &/or Vaping within 25 Feet of the Skate Elements
Motorized vehicles are prohibited on ALL trails within PCC lands. The only exceptions are for maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency vehicles.
It is highly recommended that skatepark users wear the following:
- Knee Pads
- Elbow Pads
- Wrist Guards
Skatepark use is a high risk sport; accident, injury, or death resulting from the use of this facility is the responsibility of the user. This is an unsupervised facility, use at your own risk and within your abilities.
There is no dedicated parking lot for the skatepark. On-street parking is available along West River Drive, as well as access to city parking ramps, and other site locations for when we are hosting special events.