Seattle Parks and Recreation, North Delridge Neighborhood Council and the Skate Park Advisory Committee (SPAC) invite the community to the much anticipated Delridge Skatepark opening and Delridge Day celebration on September 17, 2011 from 11 – 3 p.m. The event, at 4459 Delridge Way SW, will feature demonstrations by professional skateboarders, live music by Grindline The Band, family fun and community food booths.
“The Delridge community showed strong support for a skatepark during our citywide skatepark planning process in 2006. Their involvement and commitment helped us allocate the resources for this great park,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Seattle Parks Superintendent. “This skatepark is just one of the many Levy funded projects that together we have brought to this West Seattle neighborhood, and just the newest in skate facilities with others currently in design or construction.”
Local skateboarders worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Grindline Skateparks Inc. to provide input on the 13,000 square foot park design. The skatepark features a 10’ deep advanced egg bowl and a large intermediate flow bowl, with depths ranging from 4’ to 7’. Around the two bowls, a flowing street course meanders through the large trees on the site. Grindline Skatepark Inc. designed the park to integrate with the existing Delridge Playfield and take advantage of the shade provided by the trees. A new picnic area on the north side of the park provides great viewpoints into the skatepark.
SPAC Project Lead Matthew Lee Johnston commented, “It’s awesome to have Grindline Skateparks, an international leader in skatepark design and construction, build an amazing park in their own community. We’re ecstatic that Delridge Skatepark is complete and that the City acknowledges skateboarding’s popularity by providing skateboarders with a safe and accessible place to recreate.”
Teens from the Service Board are putting their stamp on the skatepark through a glass mosaic mural on the benches overlooking the park. Working with artist Pat Davidson, neighborhood youth created artwork that represents the region and their community.
During the opening event, Skate Like A Girl Youth Employment Skateboarding Program will offer free skateboard lessons at 11 a.m., followed by the official ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. “Emerald Concrete,” a 30 minute documentary created this summer by the RecTech Youth Media Corps, will show in the Delridge Community Center. The documentary tells the story surrounding the building of a world-class skatepark on site at Delridge Community Center. This video documentary is a first effort for our interns and represents hours of hands-on learning, hard work and thoughtful story-telling.
Parks is working on completing a number of skatepark projects throughout Seattle. Jefferson Park Skatepark will be finished by the end of the year. Hubbard Homestead Skatespot will be completed in spring 2012. Parks is in the planning and design phase for three additional skate areas, Roxhill and Judkins Skatespots and Benefit Park Skatedot.
For more information, please contact Parks Project Manager Kelly Davidson at 206-684-09980 or Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/skateboard/delridge.htm
For more information on the Service Board, please visit http://www.theserviceboard.org/ and for additional information on Skate Like A Girl Youth Employment Skateboarding visit http://skatelikeagirl.com/yes/. And for more information on RecTech, please go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/teens/programs/rectechprogram.htm.