Before getting into the specifics of the hottest scooters in skate parks, it’s important to understand something very important. Skate parks have rules and those rules are rarely if ever posted. Skate culture disseminates these rules in a natural way. This is largely because riding a skateboard is very hard to do at first, and those who get good at it learn from others and by the nature of their skill, have a high commitment to it. Scooters are easy to learn to use, so unlike skateboards, one can learn on one’s own and think one is ready for the skate park without the contextual knowledge of skater culture, or any way of gauging one’s skill by comparing it to others’. TLDR: If you show up to a skate park with a scooter, the skaters will not be happy because they will expect you to be a dangerous beginner.

The basic etiquette of the skate park has to do with right of way. The skate park isn’t a sandbox, so it’s important that riders be willing to take their turns on the obstacles. If everyone tried to go all at once it would result in crashes. Imagine cutting someone in line for an obstacle, but they’re already in motion and going faster than you. This will result in a collision and you could get seriously hurt. This is true for skateboarding and for riding a kick scooter.

If you plan on visiting a skate park with your kid and your kid rides a kick scooter, you should first make sure your kid knows the rules, so visit a few times just to watch. Talk to some of the skaters (and or their parents if they are there) to learn the rules of the road. Once your kid is hip to the rules, you need to make sure they have the right gear. This is where the scooter itself comes in.