Tucked away amongst the trees is the Thornside Skatepark. There is a small street section as well as a metal halfpipe. The ramp is around 4 1/2 ft high, 15ft wide, with a bit over 10ft of flat. It’s fairly smooth to skate on although it is showing a few signs of age. There are dirt and trees surrounding the halfpipe, so you may want to take a broom. It was clean during my last visit surprisingly. There’s also a street section with some concrete flat. It has a micro ramp that’s about 1ft high with metal coping. Probably a good spot for beginners to nail down some lip tricks. There’s a few ledges and a flat rail, as well as a triangular mini volcano.
The trees provide a lot of shade for the the skate park. There’s also a few seats and toilets, but they are a bit of a walk. The nearest shops that I know of are near the train station, which is close to a few kilometres away.
Getting to Thornside Skatepark
The skate park is tucked away in the grounds of the William Taylor Memorial Fields. Turning into Ivy St from Mooroondu Rd, the car park is on the right opposite the tennis courts. You’ll need to walk about 50m into the park, which is behind the community hall. Just look for the blue ramp and go from there. If you’re catching a bus there are stops right in front of the hall. Check routes and times with Translink. If you’re really keen you could also catch the train to Birkdale Station and skate or bus the 1.7km.
Note that this spot is also called the Mooroondu Road Skate Park.