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Seattle could spend $33K to clean up illegal skate park

Seattle parks crews started cleaning up an illegal skate park on Green Lake's Duck Island on Tuesday. (Photo: Seattle Parks and Recreation)

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Parks Department began deconstructing an illicit skateboarding bowl from Duck Island on Green Lake on Tuesday, more than a month after the city learned of its construction.

The three-to four-day cleanup will cost around $33,000, according to the Parks Department.

In July, the city of Seattle got word that a group of skaters brought materials across Green Lake to Duck Island and built the bowl as an entry into a contest put on by Nike, encouraging skaters to build their own skate spot in their community.

A video of the group's building the bowl and skating garnered attention quickly. Nike expelled the entry, telling KOMO “We do not condone the creation of skate spots on a wildlife habitat.” Seattle police launched an investigation.

Duck Island is city property managed by the Seattle Parks Department, and is a bird habitat. It was designated as a wildlife refuge in the 1930s and managed as such into the 1980s. It remains a bald eagle management buffer zone, according to Seattle Audubon Society, who preserve and protect natural habitats.

“We are really good at restoring habitat nowadays,” Toby Ross with Seattle Audubon said. “We know how to do a good job. So I feel like if they can remove all the debris from the island, it can rejuvenate.”

While several faces appear clearly on the video that shows the group building the skateboarding bowl, no arrests have been made. Seattle police are waiting for the Parks Department to send an estimate of property damage.

The Parks Departments says it is working to put ‘No Trespassing’ signs back up on Duck Island.

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