If you’re a skateboarder you most likely have heard or know of the legendary SkateLab Skate Park located in Simi Valley, CA. The 30,000 sq ft indoor skate park opened up in 1997 and was designed/built by Team Pain Skate Parks with the help of local volunteers. One of which was professional skateboarder and entrepreneur, Torey Pudwill. The park has been featured in nearly every skateboard magazine and often used in commercials like Teck Deck with Paul Rodriguez, music videos for the likes of Limp Bizkit and movies such as the “Bad News Bears” remake to name a few. SkateLab is known as the stomping grounds for many professional skateboarders and has played a major roll in tons of lives by providing a safe place for skaters to go and practice. Mike Mo Capaldi for example was one of the local skaters since the skate park opened. Today, he is a world renowned professional skateboarder for Girl Skateboards, Lakai Footwear, Spitfire Wheels, etc.
SkateLab has been a member of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce since 1998 and a member of The California State Historical Society since 1997. Skatelab is Museum #24 on the Ventura County Museums list and was home to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. It was the first Skateboarding Museum in the world with over 5,000 items on display and the first skate park in America to use Finland birch as the surface layer of the park.
As of today, the legendary skate park has closed but before you get bummed, word is out that they are going to be moving the location soon! Stay tuned for a brand new era and all new SkateLab location coming soon…
Check out the Girl and Chocolate Skateboard Teams edit they made on the final day at Skatelab below!