Skate parks are always evolving. The plazas that have sprung up in recent years do a good job mimicking real street spots, and the perfect bowls we’re seeing have helped produce skaters like Raven Tershy, Elijah Berle and Grant Taylor. While the city-sanctioned stuff is cool, we’ve always been down for the DIY end of things, too. These days, almost every town has a crew of skaters who have come together to build a spot to their exact specifications. The end product may lack the polish of a professional design, but that’s beside the point. It’s all about improvisation.
Skating a spot conceived and created by skaters using whatever concrete, cinderblocks, rebar and other materials they could gather is something everyone should experience. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 10 DIYs you should check out this summer. We make no promises as to the longevity or condition of any of these places, but if you arrive and find a group of locals building a new obstacle, grab a shovel and get to work. No one will complain.Click to start the list