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City settles lawsuit over skate park on Green Lake Island

The Seattle City Attorney's Office says this concrete bowl was built on Duck Island. (Photo from Seattle City Attorney's Office.)

SEATTLE -- The city has settled a lawsuit brought after an unauthorized concrete bowl skate park was built on Green Lake's Duck Island.

The city learned of the skate park in July and began cleaning it up in August. The City Attorney's office said the bowl damaged about a third of the island.

Last fall, the city sued 20 "Jane and John Does" and a skate shop, 35th North.

As part of the settlement, 35th North will pay the city $30,000. It denies liability and maintains that others are responsible, the City Attorney's Office said.

“35th North settled this matter because it was interested in maintaining a working relationship with the skateboarding community and the City of Seattle,” said Tony Croghan, owner of 35th North, in a news release

The money is expected to cover clean-up and restoration on Duck Island. Most of the restoration will be done this year.

The city will drop the lawsuit against 35th North and the Jane and John Does.


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