Mike McGinn, Mayor
7/24/2012 9:52:00 AM
Karen O'Connor 206-684-8020
Seattle Parks and Recreation brings Tony Hawk to Jefferson Park Skatepark
Seattle Parks and Recreation is excited to announce a free skating exhibition by Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse skate team at Jefferson Park Skatepark on Thursday, July 26 at 4 p.m. Jefferson Park Skatepark is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S, just behind the Jefferson Park Community Center.
Jefferson Park Skatepark opened in January 2012. Now, one of the world’s most recognized skateboarders is coming to skate the park. The skatepark is the home to Seattle’s deepest skate bowl with shallower bowls alongside, a hexagonal elevated dish, great street features and lighting. The skatepark boasts one of the best views of Seattle.
“The Seattle skateboard community helped develop our Citywide Skatepark Plan, which led to the construction of Jefferson Skatepark. Seattle skaters are extremely talented and we are excited to welcome one of the best skateboarders, Tony Hawk,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent. “We hope that events like this will build stewardship of our skateparks and provide an incentive to keep the parks clean and safe for all skaters.”
Skateboarding appeals to a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds. Our new skateparks provide a healthy, popular recreational activity for people throughout Seattle. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy funded four different skateparks. At Jefferson Skatepark, Grindline Skateparks Inc., in collaboration with The Berger Partnership, developed the park design. Parks awarded the construction contract to T. F. Sahli Construction.
The tour’s sponsors, including Tech Deck, Quiksilver, Nixon, YoYo Factory, Ride Channel, truth and olloclip, will be set up next to the skatepark with giveaways for local skaters as well as the opportunity for people to meet and greet the team. Birdhouse skaters on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD presents the Birdhouse Left Coast Tour powered by Tech Deck include Shaun Gregoire, Shawn Hale, Aaron Homaki, Kevin Staab, David Lay, Clive Dixon, Clint Walker and Willy Santos.
Jefferson Park is located .5 miles south of the Beacon Hill light rail station and on Metro bus routes 36 and 60. Parking is limited and participants are encouraged to take alternative transportation.
For more information on the Citywide Skatepark Plan please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/skatepark.htm. For more information about this project please call Parks Project Manager Kim Baldwin at 206-615-0810 or email her at Kim.Baldwin@seattle.gov
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