City sues 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 sued a skate shop and 20 "John and Jane Does" over a skate park that was built on Duck Island in Green Lake.

The Seattle City Attorney's Office said damages and penalties are being calculated but that that total could be in the low six figures.

The city began cleaning up the skate park in August, about a month after it was discovered.

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.

The lawsuit names the skate shop, 35th North, which the City Attorney's Office says entered a contest by Transworld Skateboarding Magazine. It was called “Nike SB Project 58 Do It Yourself” and encouraged participants to build a new skate park or add on to one.

The lawsuit contends that the submitted by 35th North showed the "Jane and John Does" building a concrete bowl-shaped structure on Duck Island.

The lawsuit maintains at least one tree was cut down and that vegetation was destroyed.

The City Attorney's Office says it expects to name the other defendants as the lawsuit proceeds.

Restoring the island will include weed removal, storm water and erosion control, litter removal and planting of vegetation and brush, the City Attorney's Office says.

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