The Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark is open every day in the summer, dawn to 11 p.m, weather permitting. The skatepark is closed in the winter and whenever snow is present. In the summer, youth ages seven to 14 can join skateboard clinics from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. Private lessons are also available. Helmets are required. Knee pads and wrist guards are recommended.
The facility is named for Zeke Pierce, an avid local skateboarder who lost his life in a mountain bike accident at the age of 15. It is located in the space between the two parking decks at the Lionshead parking structure, not far from where a temporary skatepark was located for many years.
Designed with input from local skaters, the $1.7 million facility was constructed by California Skateparks, one of the world’s premier park builders, and was funded by the Town of Vail. The skatepark also includes four colorful mosaic murals created by artist Valerie Theberge, sponsored by Art in Public Places.
Managed by the Vail Recreation District, the new skatepark includes features for all ages and abilities and includes a large variety of street and transition style elements. It also includes a signature “vert” feature, mini-bowl and full-size halfpipe.
The skatepark is open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Helmets are required and safety equipment is recommended.
Take the in-town Vail Village/Lionshead bus to the Lionshead stop. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176) take the South Frontage Road west to the Lionshead parking structure.