Northwest NEWS

August 16, 1999

Local News

Bothell Skate Board Park opens Aug. 21

   The new Bothell Skate Board Park will open on Saturday, August 21, at 8 a.m. with grand opening ceremonies starting at 11 a.m.

   Local teens are organizing the ceremonies, complete with booking bands, creating artwork that will permanently hang in the park, designing t-shirts and helmet stickers, and hosting the event.

   Located on the former tennis courts of the Pop Keeney Field parking lot, the fenced park will be 105' x 120' and open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until school starts, when new hours will be announced.

   The skateboard ramps are being pre-fabricated by Ramptech in Virginia using Skatelite, a synthetic fiber. The ramps will be trucked out to Bothell for installation prior to the event. Teens spent the last week cleaning, painting, and pressure-washing the site.

   The park includes ramps, quarter pipes, ledges, and a grinding rail. They include a 6' halfpipe that is 6' high by 24' wide and 32' long, fly box with a ledge, and 6' ramps, as well as short ramps.

   Manny Ocampo, assistant city manager, accompanied by the mayor, city manager, and representatives from the park board, will officially dedicate the park at the ceremonies at 11 a.m. Following the official ceremonies, there will be demonstrations by radical skaters. Live music will play between noon and 8 p.m. including performances by 2nd Hand Joke, The Scene, The Janitors, Liquid Fast, 6o, Wes Dando, and Peter Parker.

   Business support and raffle items have come from Nordic Sports Haus, Zumiez, Play It Again Sports, Rollerblade, and Highland Campus Canyon Park Business Center.

   The park has become a reality after three years of planning and meetings between Pat Parkhurst, City of Bothell Parks and Recreation Department, other city officials, the Northshore School District, local teens, and parents.

   "I am pleased by the ownership shown by the teens even before the park is open," said Parkhurst. "The skaters are true athletes."

   The teen committees include design and review, art, safety and rules, and celebration. The teens selected committee chairs and worked with the city. They found sponsors and next week will talk with adjacent neighbors. The park cost is $75,000, all paid by City of Bothell monies.