Damn that is "RAD-E-KAL-MON!" And you skated it both traditional skateboard and surfskate. Funny, I was about ready to call a local Councilwoman who wants to build a skatepark on something similar that has been skated since the 1970's here in Denver... But getting back to your bowl, the 60+ year old bowl... Would love to see some skate pics and stories of it back in the day. Would also be cool to see pics of back as part to the wild west amusement park likely built for water storage.... Though I wonder did really Mellow Cat and The Rattons from Skateboarder Mag days actually discovered it first in the 1970's?.... Who owns the property now? Could the bowl be restored as a DIY project?!? Should it be included in the historical register of skateboarding???... So many questions and potential!!!... Bet there is plenty of stories both in print and interviews that somehow need to be documented, like what am trying to do to get our old skateable spillway built into a city approved "Permission DIY Skatepark" that I will post more about soon... Your bowl pics are inspiring!
Good luck with your local spot! I'm all for preservation for historical spots. Looking forward to hearing more about it!
Answering some of your questions: Unfortunately, I haven't found any pictures anywhere of people skating this one (and I have searched countless times). I don't doubt that it was skated as far back as skateboarding existed since it was abandoned at least by 1963. I've heard some stories from other guys, some who called it the Cereal Bowl, others who called it the Turtle Bowl. We called it the Pickerel Pool. The property is now owned by the county and dedicated as open space, which is awesome. Many people have made improvements to it over the years, and I'd say it is substantially better than when I first saw it in the 80s. Due to crumbling concrete, there was only one skateable section back then, like a half pipe. You can skate the entire bowl nowadays. I have done a stupid amount of research on Wild West City (the name of the theme park) and finally found some photos in the Library of Congress of the bowl actually in use. It was a pond used to dunk the bad guys as "punishment" during their wild west shows. Here are some photos taken from the same angle -- the bowl being used in 1958 vs. 2021. For some reason, this totally blows my mind.