New 18,000-square-foot ice rink was unveiled at Seattle Center

Seattle Center last week announced the opening of its new multi-story skateboarding experience, called Seattle Center Skate Plaza.

The 18,000-square-foot skate park, located between 5th Avenue North and Taylor Avenue on Thomas Street, replaces the Seattle Center Skatepark, which closed in 2018.

The Seattle Center Skate Plaza was built by Grindline Skateparks and includes a public alley with skating rinks on each side, connected by a sidewalk. The area also has a glass art installation by artist Perri Howard, which contains a glass wall. The installation was originally set up for the skate park in 2009.

“Seattle Center skate parks have given young people an enthusiasm to embark on the opportunity to build and hone their skills, where they can enjoy a healthy social engagement and enliven part of the street scene,” said Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams in one Press release. “I would like to thank and commend our skateboard partners for their patience and perseverance over the years and thank the Oak View Group for their financial contributions.”

Oak View Group was a major contributor to the project – donating $ 500,000 to relocate the skate park – the city was quoted as saying in the press release. The move is part of the Oak View Group’s partnership with the city of Seattle to maintain Climate Pledge Arena. The former skate park was located on top of the catering facilities for the area. Before that, a temporary skate park was set up in a parking lot in the 90s, a plot that is now home to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation world headquarters.

In 2019, the Seattle Center was ready to conceptualize the new skating rink using the Seattle Center Skatepark Coalition and with input from organizations such as Skating like a girl.

The design for the new skate park includes street-style skateboarding and space for new skaters to learn and practice skills and tricks.

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