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Monday, November 12, 2007

Support Your Local Skater

posted by on November 12 at 16:47 PM

This could be a big week for SeaSk8. The Skatepark Advisory Committee (SPAC) is holding a public meeting on Thursday—at 6:30 on the 3rd floor in conference room A—to discuss the proposed demolition of one of the Center’s Pavilion sites. The Pavilions are used by festival organizers—like the Bite of Seattle and Bumbershoot—who hold a lot of sway around the Center.

Things could get heated as, presumably, the festivals want to continue to use the space, while skaters don’t want to shuffled around anymore. SPAC has already been told that the new SeaSk8 is going to face a reduction in size due to unforeseen costs, and a strong lobby from Center heavies could force SeaSk8 out of yet another location.

SPAC’s also holding a meeting at the Seattle Parks Building tonight (7pm at 100 Dexter Ave), to discuss the future of SeaSk8, celebrate the start of construction at Lower Woodland, and figure out what to do with the money the Mayor has allocated for skaters in his 2008 budget. The new Parks Superintendent is also expected to attend tonight’s meeting.

Bring your love/hate/indifference/totally rad deck to this week’s meetings.


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DIY doesn't need a permit or a government handout.

Posted by diy | November 12, 2007 5:34 PM


Posted by elenchos | November 12, 2007 6:35 PM

The most recent proposed site for the skatepark at Seattle Center sucks as it is. Now it may get forced out of this spot and another site will have to be found?
Well...good. That's what I say.
Anyone who cares about this, go to the meeting, give up on 2nd and Thomas St. and advocate for 5th and Broad. It's a better site that's been totally overlooked.

Posted by jeangenie | November 12, 2007 7:19 PM

The 2nd and Thomas pavillions are a terrible place for a skate park. No proximity to anything cool. (Sorry SCT, SICF, Folklife HQ, Blue Spruce tenants.) These buildings are the nerve endings of the Seattle Center festivals (love em' or hate em'), not the heart and soul that a skate park needs. Tear up 5th and Broad, near the Golden Arches, Fun House, and KOMO TV and make a place for kids to skate that feels vital and important.

Posted by seattle native | November 12, 2007 7:34 PM

Hell, just tear down the funhouse and some of that parking lot behind it.

You'd get your skatepark, Seattle Center would be untouched, and Nickles gets to have a photo-op gutting one of those dreaded nightclubs he hates.

Sounds like everyone would be a winner then.

Posted by Packratt | November 12, 2007 9:53 PM

Why does it have to be in Seattle Center? What about Denny Park? Nothing ever happens there, it's right by the park HQ, and it could use an attraction. Right now, it's little more than a place for the drunks to pass out.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | November 12, 2007 11:07 PM

Denny Park: That is actually a BRILLIANT idea. Why hasn't that come up sooner?

Posted by Ted | November 13, 2007 10:34 PM

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