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Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks

Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks

Well what do you know…

What will certainly be the last levy-funded skatepark for some time, now that Seattle has opted for a Parks District approach to funding, Hubbard Homestead is finally underway almost 9 years after we had the first meeting about it. I’m not going to go into the whole story right now, because it almost doesn’t matter. New Line/Vanderzalm is supervising and Sahli is building what may be the last full blown-skatespot to be built in Seattle for a while. Completion date is in October, so hang tight.

If you need a refresh on the design, you can pull it up here.

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Newsflash!  There are six skatepark projects currently in development in Seattle! Holy crap!

Roxhill skatespot (West Seattle – link): the fourth and final public meeting is this coming Monday the 14th, from 6-7pm at the Southwest Library (9010 35th Ave SW), which you should attend because the design process thus far has been problematic and has not provided anyone with a clear picture of what exactly will be built.

Jefferson Skatepark (Beacon Hill – link): the park should be open in the first part of December and confirmed that it will have LIGHTS!!!  It is unclear on how late the lights would be on but fingers crossed it is until at least 10:30 or 11pm.

Hubbard Homestead Skatepark (just north of Northgate Mall – link): design is complete and contractor selection should be occurring any day.

Judkins Skatepark (link): design is final and contractor selection should be occurring soon.

Crown Hill Mini Ramp (Crown Hill: link):  The miniramp and adjacent small bank/rail, ledge and perimeter rocks are fully installed and OPEN FOR SKATING.  Grindline did their usually incredible cement work and the miniramp tranny and coping is perfect.

Kirke Park Skatedot (7028 9th Avenue NW – link):  The design is complete and construction should be starting soon.



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Kevin Hilman is trying to get a skatepark built in Lake City.  This part of the North end always gets dissed because it’s a part of Seattle, but it’s often not thought to be.  It’s also contains several pockets of concentrated lower income housing, which is  something that’s usually attributed to South Seattle.  People forget that not all of North Seattle looks like Maple Leaf.

Heres what Kevin has to say in his own words about his effort to get the spot built.  Please feel free to reach out and help the guy if you care about skateparks in Seattle.  He has created a website and is doing all of the right things.  He just needs some skaters to step up and work with him to make it happen.

New skatespot project in Lake City

There’s a new skatespot project trying to gain momentum in Lake City,
and they need your help.  Identified as part of the city-wide skatepark
plan, Lake City Playground has been recommended as a location for a
skatespot.  The proposed park is about 2 blocks west of Dick’s.
A skatepark in some form has long been on the wish list for the
neighborhood, so the project has strong support from various local
businesses and community groups such as the Lake City Chamber of
Commerce and the Lake City Development Council.  However, while the
project has strong support, it needs more people to get to the next
level.  What is currently needed is a core group of volunteers to drive
the project forward.
Specifically help is needed for:
– designing, distributing flyers
– ongoing outreach to neighbors, local business, youth organizations
– grant writing
– exploring other fund raising opportunities
If you live in NE Seattle, or know some skaters or skater parents that
do, please let them know about this project, and encourage them show
their support, or even better, to get involved.
For more details, background, maps, contact info, etc. see the project



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A little transition, a little street, and another potentially killer skatespot in Seattle.  Designed by NewLine, this park has been a long time in the works, and will finally be built this year, bringing the 2011 count up to 4 new parks if everything goes as planned.  Everyone involved should be extremely proud, and Seattle Parks deserves some credit as well.  This project has been extremely well supported by Parks.  Congrats Northgate!

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According to and the Seattle Parks Website, there will be a new skatespot up North by the Fall of 2011.

This comes at a time when Delridge is taking for-freakin’-ever and Maple Leaf skaters got straight up jacked.  I guess you can’t win ’em all.

But I tell you what, Seattle Parks project manager Kim Baldwin sure knows how to get it done.  This one was presumed to have been DOA.  With Lower Woodland, Jefferson, and now Crown Hill under her belt, she’s looking to take the title from the reigning SPD skatepark champion, Kelly Davidson (Dahl, Delridge, and the Capitol Hill skatedot).

As usual, don’t celebrate until the ‘crete is dry, but this is a great little amendment to the system up in the NW corner of our soon-to-be-skateable city.

Watch here for the meeting notices and get your ass out there. These projects have a way of going South unless there’s a solid base of support behind them.  You never know when those crafty lawn bowlers are going to sneak up and snatch your turf.

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20100625MapleLeafSchematic_LargeAs Scott reported over on his Parents4Skateparks site over the weekend:  after showing a skatepark in all three preferred conceptual designs throughout the process, Seattle Parks has pulled the plug on the Maple Leaf skatepark funding stating that, OOPS!, the location that was being looked at is under the jurisdiction of Seattle Public Utilities and they just found that out.  But if the skaters can come up with $120,000 to build a much smaller park on a different, less appealing part of the site, then they’re allowed to try.  Wow!

The Maple Leaf site was designated by the citywide skatepark plan as a future skatepark, and there is $5 Million dollars in the budget for re-designing the entire park.  Which makes this whole $120K grain of sand feel a little bit like politics as usual.

By all accounts, the Maple Leaf meetings felt a lot like past North Seattle skatepark meetings.  A bunch of misinformed, fearful NIMBY rhetoric about the evils of skateboarding, and people advocating for tons of competing uses that take up way more space, aren’t popular with teens, and require facilities that cost more to build and maintain that skateparks.  However, there were substantial numbers of skatepark supporters in the meetings as well, and those people are now feeling burnt by the process.  Sound familiar to anyone?

What’s even more alarming is this trend of Seattle Parks “discovering” things late in the process that screw the skaters, delay the projects, and in this case…apparently take the skatepark out of the budget.  (Which still makes no sense.  Is the issue the siting or the budget?!)  At Delridge, incorrect information regarding the water table and drainage has had that project in limbo for a year.  At Jefferson, between meetings 1 & 2, Seattle Parks discovered that a utility line dissected the site making one of the most popular proposed features, a snake run, completely impossible.  By that point the site had already been designated so the whole design was affected, because no sub-grade elements could be placed in over half the park’s footprint.

This is all happening in an environment where an incredible project overhead gets paid to city staffers, for among other things, multiple cycles of review process that is supposed to catch this stuff early and often.  If it’s not, then what are we paying for?  One thing I know is how we’re paying for it.  The city is also hiring big engineering firms to manage these projects, and Maple Leaf is being run by the same people that missed the Jefferson issue.  Coincidence, reality of doing business, or just inept laziness?

Regardless of the root cause (*cough* politics *cough*), it looks like the Maple Leaf skatespot will remain mythical unless something drastically changes.  But the precipitation appreciation advocates shouldn’t worry…I’m pretty sure that Parks knows who’s jurisdiction the “rain garden” is in.  (Whatever the hell that is…)

If you’re concerned and want to voice your opinion, email these people and tell them your butt hurts.

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DahlSkatePosterIronically, the coolest skatepark opening poster I’ve seen Seattle Parks send out looks like it was done with a Sharpie by someone who needs a ruler.

The New Line / Hardcore Shotcrete (ARC) park has been open for a while now, but Parks is christening our newest  skatespot with some free food, lessons, and helmet fitting for the kiddies.  Thanks to SnoCon and SLAG for once again picking up the slack and making events like this actually happen.

The details:  June 24th, 4pm-6pm @ 7700 25th Ave NE.

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I don’t think anyone expects this to be Seattle’s next big thing, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to get skated.  These photos come courtesy of Seattle Parks Department, and don’t really show a lot of the stuff you want to see, but I’m sure there will be some more very soon.  Please send them in if you get some, and I’ll try to get some myself next week.  And before you freak out, the ledges at the bottom of the stairs are at the edge of the park, and are meant to control traffic and rogue board action.


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Scott posted up some pictures of the first pour at Dahl playfield over at SPS.

It’s a small beginner-level park, and mostly street, which is exactly what this neighborhood needs.   Hopefully the relatively unknown contractor doesn’t blow it.

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According to advocates on the ground, Seattle Parks recently received a public disclosure request from someone in the community along with other NIMBY-type complaints, including the classic “older skaters have hijacked this process in order to build what they want at the expense of what the children need” and “the skatepark footprint encroaches on the surrounding park space”.  At this time, Parks staff have not given the SPAC any inkling of how they intend to respond, but we’ve been here before and it was ugly.

There will be a meeting on Wed July 1st 6:30-7:30 at Dahl Playfield to share the final design of the skatespot that will begin construction this summer.  My guess is that these last-minute opponents will be trying to hijack the meeting with their pointless arguments.

Let’s not forget that this kind of thing stalled Lower Woodland for a year, drained $80K from the park’s budget, and eventually got the park pushed back against the hill where we told them not to put it for various good reasons.  We can’t let this happen again.

Show up to this meeting and help Seattle Parks help you.

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