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It’s not quite Bondi Beach’s skating bowl, but it sure looks like it. Tseung Kwan O’s new skatepark opened on April 30 with a replica of Sydney’s famous skate pool, complete with shallow end, as well as a street area with pyramids and ledges and an L-shaped park bowl ready for shredding. (We’re not quite sure what that means either, but we like the sound of it.) The largest skatepark in Hong Kong is specifically designed for skateboarding and aggressive inline skating with three half-pipes and bowls of varying levels of steepness and difficulty for skateboarders of all abilities, says the LCSD. Part of the Tseung Kwan O Velodrome, near Hang Hau MTR, the park was designed with help from prominent local skateboarder Warren Stuart, the Vice President of the Hong Kong Federation of Extreme Sports. Stuart was also involved in the popular skateparks at Fanling, Tung Chung and Mei Foo. Like Fanling skatepark, it was built by Aussie specialists Convic. Stuart believes the new park offers some of the best facilities in Hong Kong, giving it the thumbs up for its abundance of open space, spectator stand and greenery, although he wishes it had more BMX facilities. It’s part of a 5.3 hectare park that includes a huge central lawn (yes, you can walk on the grass), sport climbing wall, jogging track and playground next to the indoor velodrome. Open daily 8am-10pm.
Tseung Kwan O Velodrome | Po Hong Road | Tseung Kwan O
Located in a mainly industrial area, Stuart voted it “the BEST skatepark in Hong Kong” when it opened in 2011, citing the super-smooth (read: super-fast) hand-poured concrete and professional design by Convic. It cost a cool $51 million, but had Stuart “feeling like a kid in a candy store”. Open daily 9am- 11pm.
On Lok Mun Street | Fanling
Mei Foo Skatepark
Until TKO opened, this was the biggest skatepark in Hong Kong. Mei Foo Skatepark opened in 2004 following a petition with 446 signatures from the local skate community. It is divided into three sections for beginners, intermediate and expert skateboarders, with facilities including half-pipes, quarter-pipes, kickers, rails and fun boxes. Open daily, 7am- 10pm.
Lei Wan Road | Lai Chi Kok | 2307 0429
Tung Chung North Park
Hong Kong’s first bowl park (with a few fun boxes) was built by Convic in 2010 on a 700 sqm site next to the Novotel and Citygate Outlets. Open daily 7am-11pm.
29 Man Tung Road | Tung Chung | 2109 3423
Chai Wan Poolside Garden
This 2,000 sq ft skatepark has ramps, a mini half-pipe, fun boxes and rails. Open daily 7am- 10pm. Sun Ha Street, Chai Wan, 2546 2539. Morrison Hill Road Playground One of the oldest skate and bicycle parks has a basic run in a city location, which makes it popular despite its limited space. Open 24/ seven.
Sung Tak Street and Morrison Hill Road | Wan Chai | 2879 5602
Morse Park Skateboard Ground
A small skatepark opened in 2010 with a few well- built pipes and fun boxes. Open daily, 7am-11pm. 30 Heng Lam Street, Wong Tai Sin, 2338 3047. Indoor skateparks Vans Sk85ive2 Indoor Skatepark The city’s first indoor skatepark was opened in conjuction with Vans shoes in a former factory. The 3,000 sqm park features a granite floor (for those who remember skating in malls), slick wooden ramps and quarter pipes for skaters of all abilities, plus a shop. Entry $80 for two hours for members only. (Membership is $300 a year or $600 for a lifetime.) Open Mon- Fri 11am-8pm, weekends 11am-6pm. 7/F, 185- 187
Wai Yip Street | Kwun Tong | 2344 3982
Checker Sports & Arts Academy
Indoor inline skating venue with courses for kids and adults. Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm. 2/F Galaxy Plaza, 2 Mong Lung Street, Shau Kei Wan, 2977 5128, www.csaa.com.hk. YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre Indoor inline skating with group and individual courses for kids and adults. Open daily 8.30am- 10.30pm. 22
Gascoigne Road | Yau Ma Tei | 2782 6682.
Get the gear
The Phat Shack Sai Kung’s skateboarding, surfing, wakeboarding and fashion retailer, is the best-stocked longboard shop in Hong Kong, with handmade boards and top skateboarding brands.Open daily 10am- 7pm. 1/F, 5
Tak Lung Back Street | Sai Kung | 2359 3836
Street fashion and skateboard shop also has an outlet at the Vans Sk85IVE2 indoor skatepark. Open daily noon-10pm.
8/F | 506-508 Jaffe Road | Causeway Bay | 2573 9872
Hosts events and courses, as well as selling gear and accessories at three stores.
1/F | 198-200 Portland Street | Mong Kok | 2264 3088