Feel like getting your shred on? Atlanta has a burgeoning skate culture, as is evidenced by the Tony Hawk Foundation’s 2010 donation of $25,000 to help complete the 15,000-square-foot Historic 4th Ward Skatepark. While we wait for that project to be completed, our list of the best skate parks around Atlanta includes Brook Run Skate Park, Progressive Skate Park and Skate Park Of Athens.

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Brook Run Skate Park

4770 North Peachtree Rd.
Dunwoody, GA 30338

With a swimming pool, flow bowl and a street section, this park is the largest in the metro Atlanta area and is designed to meet the needs of Atlanta’s skaters. The concrete street section has a good number of rails and steps for your grinding pleasure. Rates run from $3-6 daily depending on what county you’re from and your age – by the same token you annual rates range  from $40-70. It’s open during the afternoons weekdays, and has separate hours for BMX-only riders.

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Progressive Skate Park

1153 Marietta Highway
Canton, GA 30114

Progressive Skate Park has virtually everything a skater could want, including a 25,000 indoor facility with a half pipe and street zone as well as 15,000 square foot outdoor facility which also accommodates BMX riders. Since it is an indoor facility, moms and dads can relax while watching their kids skate. There’s also a pro shop. For newbies, there’s free skateboarding lessons for beginners on Wednesday nights. Prices fluctuate between $5-15 for all day sessions, depending on the day, $72 for a month or $500 for a year.

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Skatepark Of Athens

4440 Lexington Rd
Athens, GA 30605
Ok, it’s a bit far away, but it’s free and amazingly well built by Grindline. It’s an elaborate flowbowl, unsupervised, so skate at your own risk.  At 12,000 it’s smaller and further away than the other spots on this list, but it’s free, and all concrete.