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Orkin/Hsiang Memorial Skatepark

After months of delays, the Orkin/Hsiang Memorial Skatepark in Berkeley
is finally ready for some serious action athletes. The kiddie pool has
four-foot drops, while eight-foot drops challenge the big riders. The
double-bowl makes for a nice trick or two for you showoffs, and let’s
be honest, we all are. The street course is wide open. Speed the
corners or pop off the hips. But try to hit up this park before school
gets out, else you’ll be throwing elbows for space. Any crowd beyond
ten skaters makes for a few collisions and some verbal abuse. Night is
also a good time to ride; the park has lots of lighting and is open
until 9:30 p.m., after curfew for the younger set. There’s one
downside: the park is often closed because of the infiltration of
hazardous materials (part of the reason for delays was groundwater
contamination), so call ahead. Other than that, this 18,000-square-foot
park, designed by Site Design, is a great ride for both rookies and
pros.

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