North Georgia skate parks
Where: 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming
Southeast Clarke Park
Where: 4440 Lexington Road, Athens
It’s an outdoor, summer pastime made popular by professionals such as Tony Hawk.
Children glide down their driveways and around cul-de-sacs on skateboards through the summer, but skate parks in North Georgia are few and far between.
Fowler Park in Cumming and Southeast Clarke Park in Athens are the nearest skate parks to the Gainesville-Hall County area.
Fowler Park at 4110 Carolene Way is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Sunday, with hours specifically for children 12 and younger from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
Skaters are asked to wear strapped helmets at all times, plus wrist guards and knee and elbow pads.
Meanwhile in Athens, the Southeast Clarke Park’s skate and BMX park can be accessed from the main parking area at 4440 Lexington Road daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. The park is designed to accommodate skateboards and BMX bikes. It has 14,000 square feet of space funded in part by a $10,000 donation from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
About two-thirds of the park is made up of a series of bowls and ramps, including a 13-foot-deep bowl. The last third includes a street course with grinding edges, rails, steps and more.
Both parks are unattended and unsupervised, so parents are encouraged to take caution with their children and are reminded skateboarding, biking and skating are hazardous recreational activities.
For more information on Fowler Park, call 770-886-4088. For more information on Southeast Clarke Park, call 706-613-3991.