Technically not Seattle, but close enough, this report just came in from Brenden in SeaTac:
” New skatepark location is at the Seatac Community Center (13735 24th Avenue South, SeaTac, WA) near the basketball court. Skatepark will be about 6,000sq feet with a 250K budget. The skatepark is being designed by Grindline and while small looks to be really impressive. Last nights meeting had Micah from Grindline to talk to use about the park and get some ideas on what we would like to see and that park and changes for the final design. About 10 people were there 8 rollerbladers and two younger skateboarders all had really good input into the park. They want to finalize the design this winter and put out to bid early next year so it can be built next summer.”
Even though this is in SeaTac, Seattle skaters should take note because the budget and size of this park is very similar to that of Roxhill, but there is a clear and distinct difference in what Grindline is showing here compared to the 3-5 ideas California Skateparks has been showing throughout the Roxhill process.
My advice to the kids in Gatewood is to start researching the bus routes to SeaTac.
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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.
ALL OF THE ABOVE SKATEPARKS SHOULD BE SKATEABLE BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR!!!
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Seattle residents can thumb their noses at the Eastside all it wants, but thanks largely to long-time skaters and Parks department employees Joe Moormon and Steve Gonzales, Bellevue is crushing Seattle when it comes to skateparks. Adding to a successfully programmed and supervised indoor facility at Highland Community Center, and amazing bowl at Crossroads Community Center, they are now nearing completion on showcase street plaza. Seattle still needs to come back from the deficit created by the removal/shrinkage of both of it’s only facilities over the last 4 years.
The park is being built by Grindline, who some skaters have been critcal of when it comes to building street terrain. However, Grindline has been turning that reputation around with parks like Mabel Davis in Austin and now it looks like Highland Park in Bellevue may be the one that proves to the hometown gang that Grindline can really do street.
Click on the link below for more photos taken today.
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