"two ramps and a railroad rail", the Hood River skatepark has since come
a long ways. It boasts an 11' steel halfpipe among a plethora of
fly aways, roll overs (pump bumps), boxes of all different sizes, a small,
concrete square bowl, a 2x16' mini and a 6x20' halfpipe. The park
is going to get even bigger this summer when High Cascade Snowboard Camp
donates some of its old ramps to further supplement Hood River.
Hood River has a greater vision for the 4 1/2 acres of old growth than only a skatepark. There is a bmx course winding above the skatepark, tetherball and picnic tables. There is also an asphalt trail down from Cascade St., which is lined with wall ridable Jersey barriers. There are plans to build a snake run to big bowl halfway down the trail so one could conceivably skate everything in one run: downhill, snake to bowl, street course to halfpipe.
Hood River had a concrete addition put in Spring 2002. It now has a concrete street section.
Old cottonwoods and pines envelope the park.
Andrew Hendricks with a 50-50 in the concrete bowl.
Time: Ongoing. Last addition Spring 2002
Facilities: Portable toilet, fountain (not sure if it works all the time),
Location: 20th St and Wasco St
Directions: From I-84eastbound, take the West Hood River exit #62 and go right (on Cascade St.). Go past the Walmart and McDonalds and at the Subway, go left on 20th. Keep left, down the hill and it's on your left at 20th and Wasco.
City Contact: Hood River
Hood River Parks and Recreation, who you can call with any questions at (541) 386-1303.