Northwest NEWS

August 23, 1999

Local News

Bothell Skateboard Park dedicated

   The new Bothell Skateboard Park was dedicated by Mayor Mike Noblet in ceremonies held last Saturday, Aug. 21. Assistant City Manager Manny Ocampo recognized the teens that served on the committees.

   An estimated 1,000 teens visited the park throughout the day, some skating to live music from the eight different bands that played, including 2nd Hand Joke, The Scene, The Janitors, Liquid Fast, Blue 88s, March 15, Wes Dando, and Peter Parker.

   The park hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until August 31. It will then be open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays through the rest of the year.

   Ocampo thanked the Bothell Parks & Rec staff that started unloading the ramps off the trucks at 8 a.m last Friday. Pat Parkhurst and her firefighter husband Randy Parkhurst held a barbecue for workers so they wouldn't have to go home to eat. They worked until 1 a.m. on Saturday, came in later Saturday morning, and were still putting on final touches as the BC sports team performed to the music of 2nd Hand Joke.

   The park officially opened at 11 a.m. Over $1,180 worth of skating equipment was raffled. Booths included Nordic Sport Haus which gave away posters, stickers, and free advice; Zemora Wainhouse, who ran the Northshore YMCA booth; Play it Again Sports; Rollerblade; and the BC sports team. Thirty teen volunteers directed parking, worked on stage setup and breakdown, picked up litter, and policed the park.

   Local teens Aleena Kinser, Meghan Kessinger, and Nina Maldonado arranged for the bands. Many teens were involved in the development and planning for the park. Local business donated products, services, and funds to the park and official ceremonies.

   During the ceremonies, the teens who worked on this project thanked the Parks & Recreation Board that made their dream of a skatepark a reality after three years of effort.