Lauridsen Skatepark

The Lauridsen Skatepark was created with our community in mind, to provide fun and challenging opportunities for skateboarders and spectators alike.

Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, the skatepark sits on five acres at the northern edge of the Principal Riverwalk – just east of the Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center. Designed by California Skateparks, the Lauridsen Skatepark is an attractive extension of the city’s beautiful Principal Riverwalk.

Polk County Conservation, manager of the Lauridsen Skatepark, along with Catch Des Moines (the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau), Skate DSM (local non-profit), Subsect (local skateboard shop), and Polk County Iowa are excited to bring this new recreational, opportunity to Des Moines. 


901 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309


There is no dedicated parking lot for the skatepark. On-street parking is available along West River Drive, as well as access to city parking ramps, and other site locations for when we are hosting special events.


The Skatepark Cabinet and California Skateparks collaborated to create a world-class skatepark in Des Moines that is the largest open skatepark in the nation, totaling more than 88,000 square feet. Visit our website for events, hours of operation and skating guidelines.   

Operating Hours & Seasons

Monday – Sunday | 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
No loitering after hours

The Lauridsen Skatepark is a shared public space. Have fun, be safe, respect others, & enjoy your ride!