Before skateboard stunts became popular, stairs were mostly unused, only functioning as makeshift washboards for giants doing laundry. Take a step in the right direction with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get one pass to The Pier Skatepark in Kennedale (a $13 value).
The Pier’s brand-new indoor facility houses 20,000 square feet of ramps, rails, obstacles, and other trick-enabling amusements for skateboarders and in-line skaters. Daily hours allow fleet-footed daredevils to grind rails and kickflip down staircases in a controlled, encouraging environment free of tut-tutting principals from 1955. Riders under age 18 must get a parent’s signature on the waiver required of all visitors. However, local high-school students can fulfill their off-campus physical-education requirement as outlined by the Texas Education Agency, allowing wheel jocks to execute perfect 720s over the heads of uncool football players.
The Pier Skatepark
When the local skate park shut down, Jackie Andrews decided to ensure that her son, Beau, would still have a safe, legal place to practice his favorite sport. According to a recent profile in 360 West magazine, Jackie understood the challenges she faced from city officials but simply would not take “no” for an answer. The tenacious single mother of two was no stranger to entrepreneurial feats—nearly two decades ago, with no retail experience, she opened Chelsea's Tea Room, which gradually expanded from a tiny room to a 3,000-square-foot boutique.
Still, Jackie reflects, “opening a skate park is not the easiest thing to do,” and when the time came to build The Pier Skatepark she leaned on the design expertise of San Diego–based skate-park designer Brent Kronmueller. Housed inside a hangar-sized warehouse, his eventual layout would try to capture the sensation of skating outside with touches such as decorative palm trees interspersed among the park’s collection of rails, ramps, ledges, and exasperated high-school principals.
Since opening, the park has attracted not only local skaters but celebrities such as Lil Wayne, who recently paid a special late-night visit. When they aren’t celebrity spotting, guests can earn physical-education credit for school, enhance their skills during five-day summer camps, and hold contests to determine who has the coolest trick or the stickiest grip tape.
705 W. Kennedale Pkw.
Kennedale, Texas 76060Get Directions