Petition leads to action on skate park relocation

July 9, 2013

A groundswell of support for relocating the skate park moved the City Council to action July 1 after the issue was removed from the park bond discussion.

When the council met for its regular meeting, Mayor Ava Frisinger alerted the crowd of more than 50 people that there was a change to the official agenda. A bill was added and later approved that calls for the Services & Safety Committee to investigate possible action with regard to the skate park.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah’s Skate Park, built in 1997 behind the community center and placed between the Rainier Trail (left) and Second Avenue Southeast, stands unused July 8 in the middle of the day, with abandoned litter and clothing lying in the grass by a damaged bench.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah’s Skate Park, built in 1997 behind the community center and placed between the Rainier Trail (left) and Second Avenue Southeast, stands unused July 8 in the middle of the day, with abandoned litter and clothing lying in the grass by a damaged bench.

Long seen as a location for illegal activity, the skate park has come under increasing scrutiny by parents and community groups. The secluded placement of the park and its proximity to schools has made it somewhat of a haven for drug use and fights, according to many educators, parents and citizens who spoke during the meeting’s public comment. The city agreed that negative presence keeps families from using the skate park and turns pedestrians away from the adjacent Rainier Trail.

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