Skateboarding facilities in Moscow parks

Skateboarding facilities in Moscow parks
Photo: Press Service of Moscow Mayor and the Moscow Government. Maxim Mishin
Skateboarders can now take advantage of facilities at 14 modern and convenient free skateboarding venues in city parks, including Gorky Park, Sokolniki Park, Krasnaya Presnya Park and Sadovniki Park.

Facilities for skateboarding, roller-blading, BMX bikes and scooters can be found in 14 parks managed by Moscow’s Department of Culture. Modern and convenient skateboarding places are located in Gorky Park, Sokolniki Park, Krasnaya Presnya Park, Khodynskoye Polye Park, Sadovniki Park and plenty of other places too. All the facilities are well-lit at night; therefore, many are open 24 hours.

For beginners and professionals

One of the most popular skateboarding sites is located at the northern entrance to Sadovniki Park. This piece of ground covered in concrete is suitable for both first-time roller-bladers, cyclists, skaters and professionals. The skateboarding ground features obstacles of various heights and complexity. There are bowls, ledges, quarter-pipes, steps and other interesting structures. The venue is always open thanks to the superb lighting.

Another 24-hour skateboarding rink is located in Gorky Park between the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and workout facilities. Inspired by the famous Dog Shit Spot skateboarding park in Berlin, the place has a perfect surface for skateboarding and BMX biking. There are no curbs or handrails; the quarter-pipes are positioned in a way that allows skaters to avoid jumping or losing speed.

All-weather venues  

People in Moscow love the skate park in Sokolniki because they can use it even when it’s raining. The ground is divided into two sections. The first has plywood obstacles and is covered by a massive tent. The open-air section is equipped with concrete structures for jumping. Both areas are suitable for skateboarding, roller-blading, BMX and scooters. The venue is located to the left of the Sokolniki Administration. It is open 9 am to 11 pm.

One of the biggest and most well-equipped spots can be found in Perovsky Park near the 1905 Moscow Uprising Memorial. Project creators made sure to keep the trees around the venue that provide some pleasant shade even on the hottest days. This open-air piece of ground is excellent for both beginners and experienced people. The area is divided into several sections with obstacles of various sizes (the smaller the obstacle the easier the tricks). The venue also has a pool, a bowl and a multi-level plaza. Skateboarders can take a break in the seating area which has benches and a vending machine with snacks.

Mastering tricks and jumps  

The skateboarding site in Krasnaya Presnya Park is shaped like a plaza, with all the structures blending nicely in with the natural landscape. Some of the things there look as if they belong on a street. Six springboards, kickers, mini ramps, banks and other constructions are ideal for jumps and stunts. The place is open for roller-skaters, skaters and bikers 24 hours. It is located next to the rental facility and also a football pitch.  

The skateboarding facility in Lianozovsky Park is set up near the main entrance to the recreation area (access from Cherepovetskaya Street). The street-style obstacles are designed for performing tricks one after another. There is also a two-level bowl, concrete mini ramps, twin street plazas at the far ends of the ground and other obstacles for all sorts of jumps and tricks. The venue is suitable for skateboarding, BMX biking and scooters. It is open from 7 am to 11 pm.

Parks with skateboarding facilities:

Gorky Park, open 24 hours

Sokolniki Park, open 9 am to 11 pm

Krasnaya Presnya Park, open 24 hours

Sadovniki Park, open 24 hours

Khodynskoye Polye Park, open 9 am to 10 pm

50-letiya Oktyabrya Park, open 24 hours

Perovsky Park, open 24 hours

Lianozovsky Park, open 7 am to 11 pm

Kuzminki Park, open 24 hours

Mitino landscape park, open 24 hours

Olonetsky Proyezd public garden, open 24 hours

Altufyevo Estate, open 8 am to 11 pm

Borisovskiye Prudy recreation area, open 24 hours

The green area between Shipilovsky Proyezd and Kashirskoye Motorway, open 24 hours.

Moscow recently relaxed the restrictions which had been imposed due to the spread of the coronavirus. The city parks managed by the Department of Culture opened for walks on 1 June. Outdoor seating in cafes and recreation areas became available on 16 June. Street kiosks and stalls selling ice cream and cold drinks also reopened. Sports equipment rentals have been open since 23 June. The Yoga in Parks project resumed free outdoor yoga sessions in 20 recreation areas on 1 July.