Dexter Filming Locations: The Skateboard Park

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The location: The Skateboard Park

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A skateboard park.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 2, of Season 8, "Every Silver Lining".

    It's another crime scene, as Dexter and the rest of the Miami Metro crew arrive on the scene at a skateboard park and find the dead body of a 35-year-old man (Leonard Welks) lying on a pedestal at the center of the concrete basin.

    Once again, they discover that the back of the victim's head has been sliced off, and realize that he is the second victim of the Brain Surgeon killer (the first was Robert Bailey) - who is now officially listed as a serial killer.

    Dexter finds the murder weapon nearby - a plastic bag used to suffocate the man.

    Dr. Vogel arrives on the scene.

    She tells Dexter that she received another piece of brain from the killer, just as she had after the first murder.   Dexter talks with her about why Harry originally contacted her.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A skateboard park - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is actually Valley Park Skate Park, at 1625 N. Valley Street, in Burbank, CA.

    That's in Valley Park, a small park on the northwest side of Burbank, near the North Hollywood border.

    It's about  miles 2 1/2 miles north of Universal Studios Hollywood, and about a miles south of Bob Hope Airport, in the San Fernando Valley.

    ( It's also close to Warner Bros. studio, where they filmed a scene later in the same episode.)

Rick shot the video below on Feb. 27, 2013:

Rick tells me that they were using a dummy (for the corpse) on this take. He arrived at the park just as
they were filming and literally walked into the background shot.  Apparently the people around him,
where he started shooting, were extras (background actors)...  Oops!  Check the video, and you'll
notice that both Quinn and MCH (who directed this episode) seem to have spotted his camera.


Here is an aerial photo of the park.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick was there, on the spot, on the day they filmed, armed with a video camera, and captured the video you see above while they were shooting the scene.  (Thanks! Great job, Rick!)

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