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Jefferson Park: Proposed location for Red bull skateable art piece!
Red Bull recently approached Seattle Parks to invest in the community by commissioning an artist to design and fabricate a unique skateable art piece. The artist, CJ Rench, will coordinate the design with Seattle Parks and Recreation with input from the community.
The initial proposed location was at Myrtle Edwards Park. There was one public meeting and Parks received many emails and comments on the location. After reviewing these comments, Parks decided to explore other locations for the skateable art piece. Parks and Red Bull agreed that Jefferson Park would be an excellent location. Jefferson Park is lively, large and has parking. It also has a magnificent view of the city. 4CULTURE administered the Call to Artists (a competitive method of hiring artists) and selected CJ Rench to create the artwork. The project is the first of its kind permanent art installation for skateboarding. Seattle Parks will work with CJ Rench to make sure that the design and size of the skateable art piece is appropriate for the chosen location.
Parks hosted the first public meeting for Jefferson Park on July 15, 2013 at the Jefferson Park Community Center. The goal of this meeting was to brief the neighborhood on the history of the project and get feedback on the current work and proposed locations in the park. The artist, CJ Rench, also discussed his thoughts on the art piece.
After this meeting, based on comments from community members who came to the meeting, Parks has decided to explore additional options in the park to site the art. View a report on the meeting at the Beacon Hill Blog.
Jefferson Park Public Meetings:
Myrtle Edwards Public Process:
Existing Skatepark Projects
About the Citywide Skatepark Plan
This Citywide Skatepark Plan identifies a network of safe, legal places throughout the city, for people of all ages, races and genders to enjoy. It also offers recommendations that can begin to change the way people think about and experience skateboarding in the City of Seattle.
The Task Force – Now the Skate Park Advisory Committee (SPAC)
Skateboarding is a popular sport across the country and its appeal continues to grow with the recognition of superstars like Tony Hawks and Shaun White. To keep up with one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, the Seattle City Council established a Skatepark Advisory Task Force in 2006 with the goal of creating skatepark plans for Seattle.
The Task Force was comprised of representatives from all quadrants of the city, bringing both skater and non-skater perspectives to this planning effort, as well as diverse backgrounds and professional expertise.
Citywide Meetings and Public Process
Seattle Parks created a citywide plan to help provide public facilities for participants in this popular sport. The plan provides a long-term vision for skatepark facilities.
The Public Process History June 2006 - February 2007 document provides information about the planning process for the Citywide Skatepark Plan.
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Updated July 18, 2013
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Seattle Parks and Recreation is working with the Skate Park Advisory Committee and the community to further the Citywide Skatepark Plan.
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