Adding to its list of standout designations, the country’s largest skatepark will soon be among a handful of parks officially vetted to host major, global skateboarding events and competitions. Join USA Skateboarding and central Iowa leaders to formally designate Lauridsen Skatepark as having passed a rigorous inspection and certification process.

“As the sport of skateboarding grows and evolves, Polk County is committed to ensuring Lauridsen Skatepark keeps pace with that evolution,” said Angela Connolly, Polk County Supervisor. “This certification will be a literal and figurative sign we are ready to host skaters of all skill levels – from beginners to world-class athletes.”

Certification Plaque Unveiling and Celebration

Sunday, October 29

  • 11 am – Official Certification and Plaque Unveiling, Official Remarks
  • 11:15 am – 2 pm – Meet and Greet with Grace Marhoefer and Liam Pace, USA Skateboarding National Team Riders + Expression Session

Lauridsen Skatepark. Where else!?!?
901 2nd Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Johnny Schilleriff, USA Skateboarding
Angela Connolly, Polk County Supervisor
Trina Flack, Catch Des Moines

Background: USA Skateboarding’s Skatepark Performance and Accreditation Rating for Certification (SPARC) program is centered on a 75-point checklist. This checklist evaluates how a park fosters safety, inclusivity, and a sense of community. It also examines technical and safety requirements necessary for professional and amateur competitions.

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