In the summer of 2003, skaters from Redwood City and beyond could finally strap on their helmets and gear, and enjoy the brand new, 13,000 square foot Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park at Red Morton Park. This is one of the newest skate parks in California, and quickly gained an excellent reputation among skaters far and wide. Thrasher Magazine rated our Skate Park an 8.5 – a great tribute to a park designed with help from the skaters of Redwood City!Redwood City’s skate park is suitable for both beginners working on the basics, and advanced skaters who want to improve their skills. Here are a few things skaters need to know before using the Skate Park:
- Parking is available at either the Valota Street parking lot or at the Community Activities Building parking lot (1400 Roosevelt Avenue).
- Helmets are required; safety gear is strongly encouraged.
- No bikes are allowed in the skate park, there is a $100 fine for bikers who ignore this rule – it’s important for all visitors to help with this rule.
- Hours of operation: dawn to dusk; except when the sport lights are on, when the skate park closes at 10:00 pm (same hours as the entire park).
- Be safe and have fun!
- We offer camps and lessons at the Skatepark in the Summer and sometimes on weekend mornings. The park is big enough to accommodate our lesson and public skating.
- Skateboarding competitions sometimes take place at Redwood City’s skate park – Eric Newby at 780-7317 can provide more information.
Who was Phil Shao?
Phil Shao was raised in Redwood City and grew up to be a legend in the skating world. He was a professional skateboarder with an English degree from UC Berkeley, and enjoyed coaching young skaters, helping to bring the world of skating to many, many youngsters. Just before his untimely death at the hands of a drunk driver, he was named as the next editor of Thrasher Magazine.
This skate park was named in his honor for the great things he brought to the sport, for the significant positive impact on people all around the world, especially young skaters. His legacy lives on at the Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park in Redwood City.