The largest skatepark in the entire country can be found right here in the Hawkeye State.

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Lauridsen Skatepark has been open for business for a little less than a year now.

On May 7th, 2021 the state of Iowa became home to possibly the biggest skate park in the country. This project has been in the works for some time now. Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines opened to the public in early May with its ribbon-cutting ceremony. They also host major skating and non-skating events like the skatepark Dew Tour that kicked off in May of 2021.

Largest Skatepark In America is in Iowa

A work in progress for several years, last spring saw the opening of Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines. Measuring up at 88,000 feet long, this is the largest skatepark in the entire country.

Located right next to the Des Moines River at the end of the Principal Riverwalk, this skate park might just be the largest in the nation. Not only is this a skater's dream spot, but Lauridsen Skatepark will include the following: flow bowl, amoeba pool, snake run, and a promenade.

There's even a skateable art piece that you can check out, according to the park's website. The park is big on art, which is why they have recently hosted a live mural art show.

How are they going to fit ALL of that skate stuff into their park? Well, this skatepark measures at around 88,000 square feet. That's about FIVE acres of skateboarding.

Lauridsen Skatepark
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Being named the biggest skatepark in the country is great in of itself, but Lauridsen also just got named one of the Best New Attractions of 2021, according to USA Today.

USA Today put together a list of the top 10 best new attractions in 2021, and while Lauridsen Skatepark did not make the number one spot, they still made it onto the list.

Here is the full list of new attractions as decided by USA Today.

  1. SkyFly: Soar America - Pigeon Forge, TN
  2. Van Gogh Exhibition: The Immersive Experience - Multiple Cities
  3. Allegiant Stadium Tours - Paradise, NV
  4. The Friends Experience - Multiple Cities
  5. Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience - New Orleans, LA
  6. Lauridsen Skatepark - Des Moines, IA
  7. Greenwood Rising - Tulsa, OK
  8. The Cloud Ladder at Kent Mountain Adventure Center - Estes Park, CO
  9. Water Works Park and Pavilion - Minneapolis, MN
  10. Roots 101 African-American Museum - Louisville, KY

Number six isn't too shabby. For more information on the park, and what sort of events it will be hosting make sure to check out their website.

Largest Skatepark In America is in Iowa

A work in progress for several years, last spring saw the opening of Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines. Measuring up at 88,000 feet long, this is the largest skatepark in the entire country.

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