Scientists invented skateboards to appease disgruntled surfers who angrily protested still waters and plotted to prevent low tide by launching a second moon into orbit. Enjoy recreation on dry land with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get four passes to Cream City Skateboard Park in Butler (a $44 value). Female riders already receive a half-price discount everyday and would not benefit from this deal.
At Cream City Skateboard Park, skaters ollie and grind over an array of obstacles inside a warehouse-sized indoor playground. Like a junior-high biology textbook, the walls at Cream City Skateboard Park host colorful graffiti, the occasional The Simpsons illustration, and an in-depth examination of DNA as boarders whizz by, busting kick flips and shove-its off wooden ramps and brick ledges. Stairs and rails dot the landscape as well, and a massive bowl entices riders to hone their aerial maneuvers. Participants glide in safety without fear of colliding with larger, self-propelled vehicles, as bikes and extreme Segways are banned from the premises. Although not included in the price of this deal, skaters seeking to upgrade their gear can visit the on-site skate shop or upgrade their repertoire with camps and periodic skating events.
Cream City Skatepark
Warehouses are often drab and dusty, but not the colorful, warehouse-sized interior of Cream City Skatepark. Graffiti and illustrations of pop culture staples such as the California raisins and The Simpsons enliven the spacious indoor park, whose layout was meticulously designed by skateboard enthusiasts. For each skater’s street and vert pleasure, the park includes wooden ramps, a massive bowl, brick ledges, and sets of stairs and handrails.
Along with open-skate sessions, the park accommodates camps that combine instruction and games, as well as occasional demos from touring teams such as Zero and Volcom. If they need new gear, such as decks or trucks, skaters can head to Cream City’s onsite skate shop before kickflipping their way into the park.