Location: Laguna Hills: behind the Laguna Hills Community Center, which is at 25555 Alicia Parkway, near the corner of Paseo de Valencia
Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sundays; there is also a designated “Youth Skate” for those 12 and under from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Saturday mornings
For ages: Most kids skating here are around 9 to 19; there is a designated “Youth Skate” for 12 and under Saturday mornings (see above for times)
This skate park is open-air, open-use (unsupervised), and not visible from Alicia Parkway: You’ll have to pull in to the Community Center, park a little behind the center, then take a set of stairs to the skate park, which is behind the center.
You’re rewarded, though, with a really nice skate park that doesn’t get quite as crowded as its “big brother,” Laguna Hills Skate Park, down the street.
There are some unshaded wooden picnic tables and sometimes-shaded wall seating wall for Mom or Dad to watch, but generally this park tends to attract older skaters. (However, there is a designated “Youth Skate” for 12 and under on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.) If you have an older skater who can skate alone and a younger child, though, you can bring the younger one to Prehistoric Playground and let your older one skate to his heart’s content.
Helmets, elbow pads (with plastic caps) and knee pads (with plastic caps) are required by the city. This park is for skateboarders and rollerbladers only — no scooters or bikes. (I know the above photo shows at least three violations, but those are the rules!)
Restrooms are inside the Community Center.
Where to park: Enter off Alicia Parkway and park toward the back, where you see a set of concrete stairs. There’s plenty of parking .
What to bring: Skateboards or in-line skates, helmet and pads, picnic, lawn chairs, water (but be warned that restrooms may be locked)
Best time to go: If you have a beginner skater, you might want to go when older kids are in school or during the “Youth Skate” hours.
For more information: Call City Hall at 949-707-2600 or visit the parks page of the City of Laguna Hills website.
Have you taken your kids to the Laguna Hills Sports Complex Skatepark? Do you have any fun tips to share?