Skatepark - Mill Creek, Washington, U.S.A.

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Skatepark - Mill Creek, Washington, U.S.A.

General Information

Skatepark Name
Skatepark
Lights
Yes
Free or Pay
Free
Inside or Outside
Outside
Are Pads Required?
Yes
Riding Surface?
Concrete
Is there a pro shop on site?
No

Construction Info

Designer
Purkiss-Rose

Location

Address
13903 N. Creek Dr.
Postal Code
98012
Latitude
47.87
Longitude
-122.22
City
Mill Creek
Directions
13903 N. Creek Dr. just off the Bothel-Everett HWY

Contacts

Managment
City

Well first the good: It's better than Renton, it has lights. The concrete work is fairly good. Oh, and it has lights. Coping is set better than Burien or Renton.

The Negative: The design leaves one searching for speed. So, one has to work pretty hard to get speed. The triangle shape of the shallow leaves no "mini-ramp" area for the groms, which some liked, but not the kids. There's a small corner pocket on one end of the shallow area. This creates a dead end. The bowl isn't nearly deep enough, and with an escalator on one end of the deep end, there's no opposing wall to the 8 foot tall wall on the otherside. No pool coping. Nothing to get excited about. But a good place to session at night while we wait for Milton to get done, a real skatepark with lights.

Here's what Carl (auggie) said about the street area: I don't know why I thought it would be good. I was trying to keep a positive attitude, but that shit seriously sucks ass. It either has no run up, or no roll out. Purkiss-Ross trademark round coping ledges. No pyramid. That stair gap to rail thing is good for gnar points, but the math is all wrong through that place. The table is ridiculously high for that mellow bump.. downhill runways.. ledges and stairs with no runways or roll outs.. they are for phantom skaters from the future who fly in on their hoverboards to lay down a backside smith, then fly away to the next dimension.
It was hard to get inspired.
- Dan

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User reviews

1 review
Overall rating
 
2.7
Street Rating
 
2.0(1)
Tranny Rating
 
3.0(1)
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3.0(1)
Overall rating
 
2.7
Street Rating
 
2.0
Tranny Rating
 
3.0
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3.0
What can I say that Dan hasn't?! Well, maybe a few things from the local yokel's perspective.

Mill Creek is a park of great intentions with an unfortunate level of execution. The street section (standard DVA disclaimer: I'm a bowltroll. Take my opinions with a grain of vert) has a few interesting looking features but laid out rather oddly. Examples being the top deck with a two stair and a mannypad/ledge with almost no room to roll up to it, or a nice looking stairset with dual ledges and a rail but with a downhill slope running into it for no practical reason.

As stoked as I was on the bowl when it was built, I realize now that it was due to a lack of things like Arlington nearby to compare it to. The transitions are pretty steep, even in the 3 foot shallow end, but feel a bit more natural in the deep. At 8' max, there's nowhere you can't drop in here, but unless circling the drain is your idea of a good time you may struggle to find more creative lines. For some reason between the pitch of the shallow end and the size of the coping (chunky) I've never really had the best luck getting my grinds down here, but some locals actually do a killer job of using the wide corner as a bit of a mini ramp. Frankly, the Zumiez HQ is only about 10 minutes away, and Walter E Hall is about the same. Either one would be a better bet for the entry level ripper.

Also, be warned... Mill Creek is Yuppiesville USA and this park is in the kind of sports complex which defines "rich kids' parents' vicarious dreamland." While the actual locals are pretty rad, it's far from uncommon to find an entire little league team, or their younger siblings riding tricycles in the bowl or just plain running around. On the plus side, I mean, there's a legit concessions stand on sight and soccer mom's about, but... Yeah... Yuuuuuhhhhh-peeeeeees.
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