Last Updated on March 16, 2023
Hadleigh Skatepark is another skatepark that I couldn’t find out much about before visiting. The official website currently shows photos of the skatepark being built, but I knew from local press that the place was already open for business. The Hadleigh Skatepark Facebook page shows plenty of photos of people having fun there, so I figured taking a trip up from Ipswich seemed like a pretty safe bet.
Unfortunately it was too wet to skate today, so I just wandered around the place clambering over the ramps wishing it was dry enough to get rolling. Unlike most of the skateparks I’ve been too recently Hadleigh isn’t a hole in the ground, in fact the whole skatepark is built on a concrete plinth about a foot high. I imagine with even a moderate amount of winter sunshine the place would dry out nicely.
I’ve never been to a skatepark quite like Hadleigh skatepark. There are no high ramps or quarter pipes but there is a TON of variety, including some features I’ve never seen before. They’ve crammed a lot of fun stuff into a relatively small space, and yet this is a skatepark that feels quite open. It certainly feels full of possibility.
If you like your ollie / street skating then Hadleigh Skatepark is perfect. There are some transitions, but only about a foot high. This could be a great place to come to terms with dropping in for the first time. There’s also a kickass looking taco shell thing that I’m itching to have a go at falling off.
There’s plenty of parking in nearby residential streets, although as with any suburban skatepark I’d recommend not leaving your car blocking local parking spaces if at all possible. The park is also a little hidden away. I found it by parking nearby then walking down a short access road that leads to what looks like a primary school, but is in fact a community centre. In addition to the skatepark there’s a pretty great looking basketball court and a few other amenities.