City to Remove The Illegal Skateboarding Bowl on Green Lake’s Duck Island

August 9, 2017|Posted in: Green Lake News

Skateboarding fans recently built an illegal concrete skate bowl on Duck Island, the unofficial bird habitat on Green Lake. The city has now removed the illicit construction.

“That’s not actually good for the birds. We don’t want an artificially created birdbath. We’re concerned about how to minimize our presence and the disturbance,” said Rachel Schulkin, a Seattle Parks and Recreation spokeswoman.

The project was a submission for a DIY challenge by Nike SB and TransWorld SKATEboarding, which charged fans to either build or expand upon an existing skateboard park. A group of individuals brought their construction materials to Duck Island and built the concrete bowl by hand, then did tricks to complete the challenge. They filmed the construction project and its results, and received one of three $1,000 prizes for the competition. (Check out more photos of the project’s construction at Kiro7.com.)

However, the creators of the Duck Island bowl failed to get authorization from Seattle Parks and Recreation to build on Duck Island, which is a protected habitat for birds. After learning about the illegal nature of the construction, Nike withdrew the group’s prize.

The illegal bowl was removed during the week of July 24th. Equipment was used to break the concrete apart and the debris was then hauled away on flat-bottomed boats. Now restoration experts will need to assess the damage to the habitat in order to begin the process of returning Duck Island to its natural state.

Seattle Police are investigating the incident, and a local attorney with maritime law experience has offered to represent the perpetrators free of charge, if they are identified.

Featured photo credit Kjell Redal/The Seattle Times.

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