City Who Killed The Wall of Death?
posted by October 22 at 15:12 PMon
Yesterday, Dan posted that someone at the city had installed a strip of rocks along a concrete ramp at the Wall of Death, an art installation along the Burke Gilman Trail which has been used as a makeshift skatepark for years.
Well, It looks like we’ve figured out who killed the Wall of Death: the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
“SDOT was responsible for installing those rocks,” says SDOT spokesman Rick Sheridan.
Sheridan says SDOT—which maintains the Burke Gilman—decided to install the rock work after receiving “a number of complaints from users about skateboarders” in the last few years.
According to Sheridan, SDOT has received seven complaints about skaters and in August, a skater and a cyclist were involved in a “head-on collision.” That’s when SDOT decided to install the rock barrier.
“[When] we have a crash on the heels of a number of complaints we just couldn’t ignore it anymore,” Sheridan says. “We decided we couldn’t’ wait any longer.”
Skaters have already begun emailing city hall about the loss of their makeshift park and there’s rumbling on some skater message boards about installing a ramp on top of SDOT’s rock work.
Sheridan wouldn’t comment on the possibility of makeshift ramps being installed at the Wall of Death. He did say, however, that any DIY construction “would undermine the safety of the trail.”