The City of El Paso owns and operates 11 public skateparks – 4 custom concrete builds, 7 modular ramp layouts.
Opened in March 2003, Carolina was the City’s first concrete skatepark. After EPSA formed in 2007, the City started listening to skater input and stopped spending money on modular ramp set ups. More concrete followed and Westside Community (2009) Mountain View (2012) and Northeast Regional (2014.)
Here’s a complete directory.
By our count, there are 7 ramp parks in El Paso County. Five are Rhino Ramps modular layouts purchased by the County School Boards “buy board” co-op between 2004-2007 for a discounted $34k to $45k each.
Fabens has center-obstacle-only True Ride ramps bought for about $22k by El Paso County and the San Elizario School District.
And then, there’s some newer Skatewave stuff in Anthony, TX.
Dona Ana County in neighboring New Mexico offers a few public skateparks including a massive 36,000 square foot Rob Dyrdek-designed DC skate plaza in Sunland Park.
The City of Las Cruces was first to build a concrete park in the late 90’s – skaters rallied and raised $250k in money and donations for a 27,000 square foot facility! Sadly, a lack of qualified oversight led to a myriad of flaws in design and construction.
Chaparral and Mesquite have ramps on slabs.
In 2015, the Tigua Indian tribe built and opened the 21,000 square foot Pakitu Skate Plaza on reservation land in the Lower Valley.
Quietly in 2013, the expanding eastside of the Fort Bliss army base opened a rough-built concrete skatepark that is open to the public.
There are 2 other ramp skateparks on Ft. Bliss at the YouthPlex (ARC ramps) and at the Milam Youth Activities Center (steel) but both are restricted for use by military families only.
El Paso’s first skateboard park, Earth Surf, was built in 1977 in Northeast El Paso near Parkland High School. It was the first of 2 pay-to-play concrete parks with Desert Surfing opening soon after at the corner of Montana and Wedgewood. Neither lasted more than several years before waning interest and rising insurance costs beckoned the bulldozers.
A series of ramp parks would fill the gap between then and now. In the 1980’s Tim Fulmer embraced the vert era building Sun City Skatepark at Mountain Shadow Lakes. The late 90’s saw ramp action at the Northeast YMCA and Blade ‘N Skate.
It’s fun to reminisce, so why not?