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Magdalena Ecke YMCA Skateboard Park

Location: Encinitas, California
Opened: 1990

In the 18 years since it was built, the Ecke YMCA skatepark has become a top destinations for hardcore enthusiasts—it's not unusual to see guys like Bucky Lasik, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, and Shaun White practicing their moves at this extreme sport Mecca. That's because the Ecke features one of the greatest vertical ramps in the country. In fact, it's the same one that was used at the 2004 X Games. But if you're not a hardcore vert skater, the Encinitas park is also known for having two of the best cement pools in the country.

Park features:

  • 37,000-square-foot skate park
  • Backyard-style kidney pool
  • Multi-tiered clover bowl pool
  • 25,000-square-foot street course with quarter pipes, bank ramps, roll-in ramps, pyramids, hips, handrail stations, slider boxes 12' vert wall
  • 80' wide, 13' tall vert ramp with a 19' roll-in, 15' extensions and a 15' floating platform
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