March 4, 2014
It looks like the future of skateboarding in Issaquah has plenty of options.
Parks & Recreations Department officials unveiled seven possible locations to build a new skate park Feb. 26. In a public meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor, more than 30 locals, including parents, skaters and police, attended to hear the city’s plans and weigh in with opinions.
The current skate park borders the woods along the Rainier Trail, neighboring the community center. Last year, in the face of a public outcry around crime-related activities occurring there, the City Council budgeted $350,000 for the demolition and construction of a skate park in a new location.
February 18, 2014
The Issaquah City Council allocated $350,000 to replace the aging Issaquah Skate Park, and now, the city is seeking public input about possible locations.
The project consists of three phases: site location, design and construction. Before city officials move forward, they want to find a new, more visible setting for the skate park.
September 8, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 8, 2013
Plans to relocate the skate park are moving quickly as the Issaquah City Council approved $350,000 for the cause last week.
Concerns over drug usage and delinquent behavior in the past few years have led community groups and the council to push for building a new skate park in a safer area.
During the Sept. 3 regular meeting, a 6-1 vote committed to include the project in the 2014 preliminary budget, directing the administration to fund it. If approved in the budgeting process, money would go to construction of a new skate park on a yet-to-be-determined site as well as repurposing the current one.
July 23, 2013
David Gravette started coming to the Issaquah Skate Park in about 1999. From there, it took him 15 years of skateboarding to earn a silver medal at the Munich 2013 X-Games.
The contest was Real Street. Sixteen competing skateboarders each put together 60-second videos containing clips of their skateboarding, including tricks like grinding rails, nose grabs and flips. In addition to winning silver for the video itself, Gravette won the online competition for Fan Favorite with 66 percent of the vote.
Austin Fischer, one of his skateboarding friends, said that in Gravette’s beginning months at the skate park, they didn’t talk much. Fischer remembers seeing Gravette around the park and being able to recognize his face. It was not until May 1, 2000, that both skateboarders received sponsorship from the skate shop Extremely Board. As two of a total of five picked, the two grew closer as they worked for their sponsor and improved their sport.
June 28, 2013
NEW — 5 p.m. June 28, 2013
Projects to include in an upcoming voter-decided park bond will be discussed in the July 1 City Council meeting and one group is trying to ensure that relocating the skate park is considered.
The Issaquah Community Network has begun a petition to call for the council to cease use of the existing skate park near the community center and move it to a safer area.
“We, the undersigned, call on the Issaquah City Council to close the current skate park, and to fund and construct a replacement skate park in a more visible, kid- and family-friendly location,” it reads.
View the Issaquah Community Network’s petition here.
The organization cites continued illicit activities in the area that keeps citizens from making use of it.