Introducing Skate DSM

If you haven’t heard the big news going around the Des Moines metro skateboarding community, don’t worry — we’ve got your back!
Earlier this month Skate DSM, a new non-profit with a mission to make the Des Moines community a place where skateboarding is a celebrated activity, officially launched!


GREATER DES MOINES, IA (April 24, 2020) – The Lauridsen Skatepark in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is on track to be completed this fall, the projects leaders announced today. Spring construction began on April 1.

To-date, nearly 30% of the construction work has been completed, including site rough grading, the majority of site utilities and all of the concrete retaining walls. Once complete, the skatepark will be the largest in the country.

Skatepark Construction Update

Construction crews have left the Lauridsen Skatepark job site for the winter, but will return in the early spring. It will take approximately two more months to complete the skatepark and have it ready to open by May 22nd, which will be the date of the official grand opening. Please allow crews to finish the construction so it will be ready to open by the grand opening date. We know you are all as stoked as we are to start skating, but we are asking to please hold tight a little bit longer.

New Skate DSM T-Shirt

Be the first to get your hands on the new t-shirt so you can show your support for Skate DSM. Our new shirt was designed by Skate DSM Board Member, skater, and all-around good dude, Tim Tucker. Skate DSM has big plans for 2021. With your help, and so many others, the largest skatepark in the nation will be right here in Des Moines. With the new Lauridsen Skatepark set to open in the Spring, we are raising money to help us fund clinics, events, and activities at the park to make skating accessible to all. All proceeds from these shirts will help us fund our efforts.

The Des Moines Streetstyle Open Presented by Jethro’s BBQ

DES MOINES – Skate DSM, a local nonprofit dedicated to making skateboarding fun and accessible to all, announced today that it will host the first-ever Des Moines Streetstyle Open, a skate contest from September 23rd – 25th with prize money held at locations throughout the Des Moines region. The Des Moines Streetstyle Open is modeled after what is known as the “best” international skate competition, the Copenhagen Open. This multi-day event, presented by Jethro’s BBQ will take place throughout the Des Moines metro with skate contests moving from spot to spot, with the final contest held at the Lauridsen Skatepark. This event will feature some of the world’s best skaters, as well as talented skaters from the Midwest and of course, right here in Des Moines.


Des Moines, IA – On Thursday morning at Subsect Skate Shop in Des Moines’ East Village, Skate DSM launched a new program to hand out 500 free, quality skateboards to Des Moines-area kids grades K-8. The program, called the “Get on Board Project,” will award each qualifying student a new skateboard, helmet and skateboarding instruction.