Crew:Bibbster, T-Bird, Rob, Ely, Drew, Conrad
The South Lakes skatepark is located inside the 158-acre South Lakes Park on the south side of Oklahoma City. The park itself was opened in 2004 and the skatepark opened in 2012. South Lakes is considered more of a “skate plaza” in the fact that it lacks any real transition and is comprised only of ledges, rails, stairs, and small, banked transitions.
The center of the park consists of a flat area with a weird centerpiece. The best way to describe it would be a diagonally-banked manual pad I guess. From the center you can drop down to the outer section of the park which flows around the centerpiece in a square shape.
Obstacles here are generally pretty low with the exception of a couple of rails and taller ledges that act as planters. Strangely enough there is no flat bar anywhere in the park. The parks small size also limits your speed somewhat, but once you get used to a certain pace you can cruise around the park nicely without having to jump off your board.
Highlights include the mellow 4-stair rail and the 3-stair flat ledge on the West end of the park. The ledge starts about a foot high, is 4 feet long, and drops off to a 2-foot height.
The nearest food/drinks I’ve been able to find is a Sonic Drive-In, 2 miles east off SW 119th on May, though I haven’t explored the area fully.
Overall this is a decent park, some fun can be had especially dorking around on the smaller obstacles. Speed demons and vert dogs will probably want to visit OKC’s Mat Hoffman or Edmond’s Mitch park instead.
Restrooms: not sure
Variety of terrain: ledges, rails, small banks
Shade status: 2 covered picnic table areas
Worth going out of your way?: depends on what you like to skate