Around the world people visualize the Midwest as a land of wide open spaces and endless opportunities. While I can't vouch for the endless opportunities The Flow Skate Park in Columbus, Ohio can sure validate the concept of endless wide open spaces—at least as it relates to skate parks. This place is positively huge and thanks to unpredictable Midwestern weather it is all indoors. It is so huge in The Flow that it is hard to imagine colliding with another in session skater much less coming into contact with one.
Currently the Flow Skate Park is filled with 40,000 square feet of ramps of every size, style and design with more being built all the time. While there are some rails and bowls in evidence, The Flow Skate Park definitely specializes in ramps leading up, down and around the entire extent of the site. Viewing photos of this many ramps and jumps in one location can easily take your breath away—the construction of this skate park really is awe inspiring.
There are even huge jumps with giant foam pits on the other side to ensure a soft and safe landing. How very thoughtful, don't you think? Don't let this thoughtful nature make you believe this skate park isn't hardcore—these ramps, jumps and rails are definitely professional quality and could easily bite unaware beginners not paying attention.
The Flow Skate Park is located at 4252 Groves Rd. in Columbus, Ohio and is open Tuesday through Sunday (Monday it is closed for maintenance). Hours vary by season. BMX, skateboarders and rollerbladers are all welcome but don't worry—this place is big enough for everyone. If you buy a membership ($30 for a quarter of a year) entry is $6 for a session and if you are a non-member entry is $12. Considering the size of this skate park that is really reasonable. Helmets are required and knee pads are recommended. All inline skaters must wear wrist guards. Cool kids be sure to wear a pair of DC skate shoes.
Regardless of your skill level, age or experience there is plenty to do at The Flow Skate Park. So if you live in the Midwest (I don't care where, you have a car) you absolutely have to check out this skate park. It's easy to do—just go with The Flow.