City City Destroys Famous Skate Spot
posted by October 20 at 16:36 PMon
The “Wall of Death” is a piece of public art under University Bridge. It’s also the nickname for a famous skate spot—it was the nickname for a famous skate spot—under University Bridge. For years skateboarders have been doing tricks on the steeply sloped concrete ramp that faces the “Wall of Death,” a ramp that abuts the small segment of the Burke Gilman Trail that cuts under University Bridge. Skaters would wait for a lull in bike/jogging/walking traffic, and drop in. In the winter, when it’s wet and cold and few people bike, skaters had the spot pretty much to themselves. You can see skateboarders riding the “Wall of Death” here (@ 3:28) and here (@ :36) and here. This blurry screengrab from one of the YouTube videos above shows you what the “Wall of Death” used to look like:
And here’s a picture I took yesterday showing what the “Wall of Death” looks like now…
The city—SDOT? the parks department?—recently tore up a three-foot wide trench in the ramp and set large rocks in concrete. There could only be one reason to do this: to prevent boarders from skating the “Wall of Death.” Here’s a close up of the city’s handiwork. You can see in my “after” image that someone has placed a piece of plywood over the rocks in an effort to make the ramp skateable again.
I put a call in to the city to find out why, after all these years, they felt that they had to destroy this famous skate spot.
In the meantime, skaters, it’s clear the city wants you to find a new hobbies, something else to do, some other way of occupying your time. Perhaps the city would rather you all take up, oh, tagging? There’s a whole fuck of a lot of blank concrete under the University Bridge that you can’t skate anymore, and the place obviously isn’t landmarked or anything—otherwise the city wouldn’t have altered it they way they did—so, hey, if you’re looking for something to do…