The skate park is a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art skating facility. Skateboarding classes are available; please see the Activity Guide for updated class information. Additionally, the skate park is open for rental throughout the year. The skate park is located in Burgess Park next to the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium.
Remember that helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads are required. Bikes, scooters, razors, and foot traffic is not allowed.
Skateboarding and skating are hazardous recreational activities. Use of the facility may result in death, paralysis, brain damage, concussion, broken bones or other serious injuries. The City of Menlo Park does not assume any responsibility for injuries. Skate at your own risk.
In October 1999, after meeting with skateboarders and interested parties, the city identified a need for a permanent skate park. In early 2000, discussions began with the County of San Mateo to locate the skate park at Flood Park. Funding was identified to build a skate park in this area with 16,000 square feet of skating area.
After numerous outreach meetings with neighbors in the Flood Park area, the city heard many reasons why a skate park at Flood Park was not desired by the neighbors and, therefore, switched its efforts toward Burgess Park as a potential site for the skate park.
The City Council reviewed the Burgess Park Master Plan at its December 17, 2002, meeting. Included in the plan was a proposal to include a site location for the skate park. One approved, the public input process on the design of the skate park began immediately with a design workshop held on February 12. Wormhoudt, Inc. of Santa Cruz , the skate park construction consultants, facilitated the design workshop. At this workshop, user groups and participants provided input for the skate park by preparing drawings and clay models of their skate park ideas. This input was used to produce design drawings and a draft proposal.
On Wednesday, May 7, the preliminary design was presented to a group of about 25 skaters at the Burgess Recreation Center. At this meeting, the draft proposal and design drawings were evaluated and modifications were suggested.
The final design proposal was approved as part of the Burgess Park master plan on May 29.
Skate Park alternatives
Menlo Park skate park is now open, but you may also like to skate some other parks. A few parks close to Menlo Park are in Campbell, Half Moon Bay, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, and Vans Milpitas.
To get more information or directions to these parks, please visit the Calikatz website.