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Jamail Skatepark: Stunning Texas-Sized Skatepark in Houston

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Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark in Houston

Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark in Houston

Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

Part of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, this fantastic facility is called the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark.

The name comes from well-known and successful billionaire attorney Joe Jamail and his wife because of their generosity in donating funds towards its creation. The Jamails have been generous in their donations to many causes, this being just one example that bears their name.

The address is 103 Sabine Street, in downtown Houston, Texas 77007.

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Sculptural marker at the entrance to the Jamail Skatepark

Sculptural marker at the entrance to the Jamail Skatepark

Texas-Sized Skatepark!

This stellar concrete facility is located near the Sabine Street Bridge near downtown Houston. There is now a parking lot that accommodates a fair number of vehicles. If it is full, there are nearby lots that can be accessed, particularly on weekends.

This skatepark is a part of Eleanor Tinsley Park that runs along Buffalo Bayou.

40,000 square feet of concrete offers beginner skateboarders a safe place to practice their sport.

It is also a location for advanced skateboarders to soar to extraordinary heights in what they can achieve. This is a world-class skateboard park! It is enormous in comparison to many other skateparks and is definitely Texas-sized!

Downtown Houston provides a backdrop for this skatepark.

Downtown Houston provides a backdrop for this skatepark.

Free Admission

It is open from 9 AM to 10 PM every day. Best of all, admission is free!

The cost of construction was reported to be $2,700,000.00. We are lucky to have such a site in Houston!

The approach to the skateboard park has some artwork that looks like graffiti but is showcased and somehow seems fitting to the site.

Too Old, But Still Young at Heart

My hubby and I are well past the age and stage of life in which we might wish to get on a skateboard and try our luck with this form of recreation. We would probably end up being in a local hospital in traction. Ha! That being said, just getting to tour this spectacular site in person was a treat!

Visiting the Skatepark

The first time my hubby and I visited this facility, it was on the weekend. As one might expect, it was packed with youngsters on their skateboards. We saw some extraordinary acrobatics accomplished!

Most of these photos were taken on a weekday when the skateboarding park was far less crowded.

The downtown Houston buildings make for a dramatic backdrop if photographing the skatepark from certain angles.

See a full tour of it in the video below:

Brief History of Skateboarding

No one can pinpoint an exact date, but the 1950s is when skateboarding first appeared on the streets in California and Hawaii. Surfers wished to do similar feats on hard surfaces as they were used to doing on the water.

The first skateboards were primitive. Rollerskate wheels were attached to a box or plank of wood. Over time, and with the popularity growing, companies started making skateboards.

  • 1972 was a memorable date because of the urethane wheels created by Frank Nasworthy. His company was "Cadillac Wheels," and those type wheels are still used today on present-day skateboards.
  • 1975 saw a magazine published by the name of Skateboarder Magazine.
  • In the year 1976 in Munich, Germany, the first skatepark came into existence.
  • By 1978, Alan Gelfand invented a trick that is still known today as the "Ollie." A skateboarder pushes down with force on the back of the skateboard and becomes airborne with the skateboard beneath the feet.
  • In the 1990s, cash prizes of up to $200,000 were awarded to professional skateboarders.
  • A Skateboard Hall of Fame exists which is in Simi Valley, California. Many people, both male and female, are memorialized for their extraordinary feats in this Skateboard Hall of Fame.

An entire industry is built up around this hobby turned professional sport, including not only the skateboards, but shoes, clothing, and protective gear.

Skateboarding was to have made its Olympic debut in Tokyo of 2020. Those games are now delayed due to the worldwide pandemic. Stay tuned to see them when the summer games once again take place.

My video of the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark on a weekday.

Sources:

Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

History of Skateboarding

Skateboarding Hall of Fame

Watch some real action here!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2020:

Hi Jack,

At my age, I would not attempt skateboarding, but it surely does look like fun! I appreciate your comment.

Jack on August 12, 2020:

Looks like a fine place to skateboard but it is not for me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2020:

Hi Tolovaj,

Sorry to hear that your skatepark that was planned is not yet built. It is fascinating to hear that the background would look much the same in your area as here.

Tolovaj on July 07, 2020:

In Ljubljana, Slovenia, just across the street where I live, a very similar skate park was planned almost a decade and a half ago but in 2008 all plans were abandoned due crisis which obviously never ended. It brings some mixed feelings to see how things would pan out if some people involved in the project acted differently. Even the background with high rises would look very much the same!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

It is fun watching the youngsters having fun with their skateboards in this large skatepark in Houston. Oh, to be that young again!

Rosina S Khan on June 18, 2020:

It was nice knowing about the Texas-Sized Skatepark in Houston. Wow! It must be interesting to watch the youngsters skateboard. How awesome! I am really getting interested in knowing about all these parks in Houston. When the opportunity strikes, I intend to visit them. Thank you, Peggy, for such a wonderful article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2020:

Hi Aurelio,

Your brother should appreciate this skatepark since he enjoys that sport. I am way too old to even try. Ha!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 16, 2020:

Everything is bigger in Texas, including skateparks, apparently. I'm not into skateboarding but my brother is, so I'll forward this to him. He may want to head for Houston just to pay it a visit.

Robert Sacchi on May 30, 2020:

That makes sense.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2020:

Hi Robert,

In the early days of skateboarding, I don't think that there were as many skateparks as there are today. Thus, the streets were probably used more and there might have been more accidents between skateboarders and cars.

Robert Sacchi on May 29, 2020:

Another interesting place to visit. I remember skateboarding got some bad publicity in the early years because of skateboarders getting hit by cars. Don't know if the accidents were exaggerated or urban legends.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

We are indeed fortunate to be living in Houston. Thanks for your virtual visit to this Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. Youngsters surely have fun there!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 13, 2020:

Houston has a great number of places for recreation and enjoyment. You are indeed lucky to be staying amidst all of these.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

I am amazed like you are when watching some of the feats, especially the airborne ones, done by skateboarders. It looks like so much fun!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

It is nice to know about the fun that your son had skateboarding when he was a teenager.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 12, 2020:

It is wonderful that Houston has so many places for young people to do their thing. I like to watch skateboarding on TV. It's amazing what they can do. It was an interesting read. Thanks again for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

We have so many philanthropists in our area, and it manifests itself in many ways, such as parks, hospitals, fountains, etc. Their generosity enriches all of our lives. This skatepark is just one example.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2020:

My son would have loved this park when he was a teen as he spent a lot of time skateboarding. This article gives all the important information about the park and it sounds perfect for many people.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 11, 2020:

That sure is a lot of money for a skateboard park, but hats off to them for their charitable community contribution. I bet it’s exciting to see those expert skateboards flip and turn. The mother in me would want to tell them to please be careful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Weekends see many more people there using the skatepark than during the week. Of course, this was all before the pandemic.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 11, 2020:

This looks like a great skatepark. We have a very small facility in our village. This is many times bigger and I am sure it is well used, as ours is.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

Hi Bill,

The last time I was on roller skates, it was not a pretty sight. Actually, it was laughable. You won't find either of us on a skateboard. At our ages, that is beyond our capability. Ha!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2020:

Holy Cow! That's a big one for sure.

I would break my neck skateboarding. Just sayin'