Morrison Hill - Skate Park
One of Hong Kong’s best skate spots is a hybrid space. Not a specifically designed skate-park, not strictly a found space. Morrison Hill skatepark was actually designed as a bicycle track. However the curved track, large humps, and smooth surface attracted skateboarders. Eventually it became evident that the park was a key spot for skateboarders, their presence often outnumbering cyclists, or other users. About 10 years ago the LCSD re-zoned the park to be a cycle and skate-track.
Skaters passing through Hong Kong tend to have this spot on their list of ‘must-skate’ places.
One reason why it is so unique is because it wasn’t designed for skateboarding and thus it has a novel imperfection that makes it endlessly curious. It also has a circular flow which allows you to skate continuous lines in a very organic, street skating fashion that many skateparks do not facilitate.
It has featured in many skateboard videos. Over the years I have encountered Eric Koston, Rick McCrank, Tim O’Connor, the Zoo York, and Almost teams at this spot.
In a less overt way, it is also a place like Burnside or South Bank. Places that have become appropriated by skateboarders and in the end awarded to them.