Last Updated on March 16, 2023
The Ipswich NW skatepark (also called Whitehouse Skatepark & Castle Hill Skatepark) is almost brand new. I’ve skated there a few times and love all the banks. There’s also a really low transition that’s great for getting used to dropping in.
The first time I visited I couldn’t skate as there was a lot of standing water, but that issue appears to have resolved itself. This is a really fun little skatepark with tons of variety. The surfaces are all pretty slippery, but I’m guessing that’s because the surfaces are so new. In my (limited) experience concrete parks are sometimes easier to skate once they’ve been blasted clean by the council a few times.
Even although the Ipswich NW was pretty much dry when I visited it was still quite muddy; there’s a fine later of filth that’s only really noticeable when you fall off and slide along the ground, which is something I do frequently.
I’ve taken several photos to try and show just how much this skatepark has to offer. If you look on the Ipswich NW Skatepark Facebook page the photos mostly appear to be from one angle, when I first visited Ipswich NW I couldn’t believe how many different surfaces and obstacles the designers have crammed into such a small place.
One oddity of this park is that if you skate in the early morning it’s pretty much impossible to skate from the transitions to the walled area without being blinded by the sun. I’ll be wearing a baseball cap next time I visit.
Each time I have visited this skatepark has been quite empty, although it’s worth bearing in mind that I tend to skate early mornings on school days. I’ve also visited on a Saturday afternoon and the place was reasonably busy with skateboards and scooters.
There is a small parking space for a couple of cars near the main (Norwich Road) entrance to the park. There are also plenty of spaces either in the nearby community centre car park or surrounding residential roads.