Lauridsen Skatepark – Des Moines, Iowa

Lauridsen Skatepark, Des Moines, Iowa, Principal Riverwalk, skateboarding, skateboarding in Des Moines, DSM Skatepark

Lauridsen Skatepark is located in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. This skatepark is the largest open park in the nation and hosted the 2021 Dew Tour. Whether you are a skateboard enthusiast, like to roller skate, or have a scooter, this park is a fun place to play for everyone!


Name: Lauridsen Skatepark
Address:  901 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Type: Places to skate
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, limited shaded shelter
Playground: No
Trails: Bike trail runs along the park
Water: No water to play in. There is a drinking fountain.

Other notes: 

Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Official Website:

DSMOF Blog posts:

Principal Riverwalk – Des Moines, Iowa

Rotary Riverwalk Park – Des Moines, Iowa

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Lauridsen Skatepark is truly any skateboarder’s dream. My children are not into skateboarding, but we had a to of fun watching others do tricks and skate through the park. We also saw several roller skaters and kids with scooters. Next time we are going to make sure we bring our helmets and scooters!

There is not a designated parking lot, but tons of street parking in the area. There is one round bout circle on the north end of the skatepark (pictured below). There is also a small parking lot near the Rotary Riverwalk Park south of the skatepark.

I love where Lauridsen Skatepark is located because it gives you options of what to do. You can take The Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge across the Des Moines River to the East Side of the river, bike on the Principal Riverwalk trail, and/or play on the Rotary Riverwalk Park. There were tons of people picnicking while we were in the area.

Make sure you check the rules before entering the skatepark!


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