The Cadence at Gateway community is an active one, with many kids and families riding their skateboards, bikes and scooters between neighborhoods, plentiful parks and The Square community center. Cadence has a plethora of well-positioned sidewalks that thoughtfully connect community members and allow them to easily enjoy the temperate winter weather on wheels.
Additionally, for a bit of variety, Cadence and East Valley community members can venture a bit farther out to enjoy the many nearby skateparks in Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler. Indoor parks typically have staff to help supervise experienced riders, but we recommend an adult sticks around if visiting an outdoor skate park, or riders are beginners. It is also best to visit outdoor parks with children during the day as older teens and adults tend to ride in the evenings. Here are our favorites, including nearby indoor and outdoor parks:
AZ Grind is a premier indoor skatepark facility in Mesa, with tons of special events plus skate/scooter lessons and party packages. So many spots specifically designed for scooters and skateboarding! Just five minutes south of Cadence, we love the 12′ Vert “mega” ramp, bowl, street course and mini ramp, plus rails and foam pit perfect for trying new tricks. Other riders are kind, even to younger scooter kids. They are open to skateboarders, scooter riders, and BMXers with a pro shop for repairs and gear.
Location: 8743 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 136, Mesa. 480.888.0499. Varied hours during week and weekend, open 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, see website for details. Varied rate and membership options starting at $8 for one hour.
Great skate park inside a wonderful Gilbert Park that also offers ponds for fishing, volleyball courts, basketball courts, plus playground and picnic areas. The skate park has good flow and plenty of room at 22,000 square feet. The park features different ledges, rails several blanks, and plenty of transitions including different bowls, extensions and spines. Can get crowded on weekends. Adults can sneak in weekday sessions while kids are at school.
Location: 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert. Skate Park hours are daily 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed the first Tuesday of every month for cleaning and maintenance. Free. https://www.skatein.com/skateparks/united-states/gilbert/freestone-skatepark/
Reed Park in Mesa is open to bikes, scooters, boards and blades. Features quarter pipes, ledges and rails within a large, sunk-in basin, a microbowl, and a donut or “O” bowl complete with spine in the middle. Best to take kids and teens during the day rather than evenings.
Location: 1631 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa. Open daily 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Free.
Nice indoor facility with a variety of sport zones including the skateboarding zone open to skateboarders, scooters, in-line skaters and BMX riders. Skaters can utilize street-like tables, benches, planters and ledges. Special events and visits from top action sports influencers throughout the year.
Location: 1050 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler, 480.718.5872. Mon.-Fri. Noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. A variety of classes, memberships and party packages available.
This brand new Gilbert park with numerous amenities including a lake, event lawn, sports courts, play areas and a proposed skate park in future phases is just minutes from Cadence at Gateway. Right now, it’s a great place to scooter or skate around the lake on ample concrete sidewalks. A proposed skate and bike park is anticipated to open in the near future.
Location: 3005 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Daily, 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free.
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