Skateboarding Heritage Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of skateboarding's history and culture for current and future generations through exhibitions and programming focused on conservation and education.
Site under construction. Last updated: March 22, 2019
Founded in 2013, Skateboarding Heritage Foundation® is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of skateboarding's history and culture, as well as creating new conversations about skateboarding through educational programs and community outreach. SHF produces world-class exhibitions, collaborates with other museums and galleries, consults and administers the preservation of historical sites and structures, and is involved in a variety of other projects that include public presentations, books, films, and web-based media. SHF also houses an ever-growing collection of boards and vintage equipment, photography, film, video, memorabilia, and other artifacts.
Preservation and Cultural Achievements
In 2013, Skateboarding Heritage Foundation made history when, after many months of intense work and campaigning, it succeeded in getting the Bro Bowl in Tampa, Florida, a 1970s-era skatpark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was an unprecedented move, as no other property or structure related to skateboarding history and culture had ever been recognized or listed before.
This notable achievement opened the door for more preservation. In 2014, The Rom skatepark in London, England, was able to attain a listing on the National Register in the UK, followed by official recognition of Southbank in London as another skateboarding heritage site. In 2015, Skateboarding Heritage Foundation and author/historian Craig B. Snyder began working with authorities in Australia on the recognition of one more 1970s-era property. This was the Albany Snake Run located in Albany, Western Australia. Snyder's book, A Secret History of the Ollie, Volume 1: The 1970s (Black Salt Press, 2015), which documented Albany and a number of the other early skateparks, became an instrumental part of the application. In 2016, the motion was approved making Albany the third historical property to get listed on a national register. Our work continues, stay tuned…
Official Heritage Sites
Bro Bowl (Est. 1978) Tampa, Florida, USA National Register of Historic Places Listing #13000811 National Park Service NPS / NRHP website October 9, 2013
Bro Bowl, Tampa, circa 1980
The Rom Skatepark (Est. 1978) London, England, UK Grade II Listed Building Listing #1419328 Historic England: Department of Cutlure National Heritage website September 11, 2014
Rom, London, late 1970s
Albany Snake Run (Est. 1976) Albany, Western Australia State Heritage Register, Listing #1972 Heritage Council of Western Australia WA Register website February 12, 2016
Albany under construction, Western Australia,1976
Recognized Heritage Sites
Southbank (Early 1970s) London, England, UK ACV (Asset of Community Value) Lambeth London Borough Council September 18, 2014