Park Board suggests moving skateboarders to Riverfront Park



Posted on October 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 10 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane Parks Board is looking into the idea of moving the skate park on 4th Avenue in Downtown Spokane to Riverfront Park.

Spokane Police said the skate park is a magnet for crime and the homeless. They added there is no way they can monitor the park 24 hours per day.

Jacob, 24, said he has lived on the streets of Spokane since he was 14-years-old.

“This is my second life,” said Jacob.

He said skating is his life. He spends every waking moment skating.

The proposal by the Spokane Parks Board would move the skate park near Washington and Cataldo.

"We just recognize the site we have right now presents some safety challenges and we just don't see a lot of recreational users down there, kids on skateboards,” said Leroy Eadie, Spokane Parks.

But some skaters like Jacob do not want the park to move.

“It would destroy would you like it if I cut off your ankles or took away your son after 15 years?” said Jacob.

Funding for the new park would come from a 2014 bond designed to improve Riverfront Park. The cost of a new skate park would be around $800,000 dollars.

The skate park would be built sometime in 2015 if the bond is approved.

“We're still in the planning phase but there's definitely a commitment from the board, there definitely a commitment from me to have a skate park facility in and around downtown,” said Eadie.

The new skate facility would more than likely have 24 hour security.