Folsom Parks and Recreation
03/04/2013 03:29AM ● Published by Style
Scooters are now the ride of choice at the skate park at Cummings Family Park; however, skateboards and inline skaters are still in attendance and welcome.
According to the International Scooter Association, the sport has evolved over the last 10 years, with stronger structural design on scooters allowing riders to “freestyle” and execute more complex tricks and stunts. Scooter riding is now one of the most popular urban sports; and the turnout at the Folsom Skate Park is on trend, with scooter riders outnumbering skateboarders. Take note: Bike riders are now allowed exclusive access to the course on Wednesdays.
Upon opening in 2003, the 21,000-square-foot skate park received rave reviews, with its combination of transitional and street-style features – including grinding rails and boxes, and four- to nine-foot-deep bowls, which continue to provide ample challenge for all levels of riders. Folsom teen Harry VanKalmthout says the skate park is a great place to meet new friends, and gives him “a safe place to do scooter tricks, learn new stuff from other riders, and hang out.”
This winter, portions of the Folsom Bike Park were reconstructed to include “more beginner-friendly terrain and a more progressive flow of features,” according to George Stephenson, pro racer and bike ambassador for Bicyles Plus and Yeti Cycles. Stephenson has been involved with the bike park since it opened in 2004, helping with the initial course design, envisioning and helping to construct new features, and teaching riding clinics. The region’s only mountain bike skills course was added in 2007. Features at the park now include a 15-foot wall ride, pump track, rollers, hills, tabletops and a variety of jumps.
In September, the park will host pro riders at the Cyclebration bike festival’s Fam Jam, an evening competition featuring outrageous aerial stunts and amazing bike tricks. Scooters are also allowed, though most riders use all-terrain models.
Cummings Family Park – home to the skate and bike parks – is located at 1775 Creekside Drive. Both parks are open year-round, weather-permitting; admission is $2/day. The 11-acre park also includes an off-leash dog park, picnic areas, play equipment, restrooms and a concession stand. Note: Helmet and safety pad laws are strictly enforced.
For more information and operating hours, visit folsom.ca.us or call 916-355-7285.