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editor's note:
SeaSk8

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Vert / Trannie / Street
* Rating: Sports car style - little, but deadly

SeaSk8 is kind of hard to get to... all those one-way streets, freeway on-ramps, the damn Seattle Center, ahhhh! To make things worse, if you read the rules [see our pics below], the skatepark is the ONLY place in downtown where you're allowed to skate at all. Seems to us like skating to the park isn't even an option.

Once you make it to the park, things go from hectic to hairball. If you're a tech dog, you'll probably be cool w/ the street options. But if you're a hess-dog, especially a hardcore, big time, trannie/vert freak, you'll love it. The snake run/bowl set up is gnar gnar.

This park reminds us of what we've heard of San Francisco's new park [actually, SeaSk8 is cool, but kids are full on pissed about SF's park]. Both these towns have major urban populations, and "tiny" little parks relative to surrounding communities. We're guessing that the property value limits what the city can do, but we don't blame the locals for feeling dissed. These days every little hick town in America has a phat park while these two cities don't have enough room to allow the locals to really spread their wings.

[Update: Our friend Alex tells us Seattle has a new park scheduled to open in May '01... stay tuned for more info. If you've got any pics/info, pls email and we'll post.]

The good news is that if the size of SeaSk8 frustrates you, you can always head out of the city for some other opportunities to break yourself. Still on the smaller side, you've got Vashon Island's Burton Street Course, Belleview, Kent's West Hills, North Bend and the SeaTac skatepark out by the airport. Roomier options that really make WA look good include Gig Harbor to the west and Everett to the north. In fact, the Seattle/Tacoma area has about 10 other parks that we can think of... but more on those parks later. You guys don't have it too bad after all.

Directions: This park is located in downtown Seattle, and the street system is hellza tricky. Basically, go to the east side of the Space Needle [that huge "Disney" looking tower on the north side of downtown]. The park is in a parking lot on 5th street off of Republican. Republican is between Mercer and Harrison. Given the one-way streets and all, that's about as good as we're going to be able to do for you. Just allow for a few extra minutes and circle around like a vulure until you find it...

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^ Low on sq. footage, but
high on kickass, SeaSk8
makes a lovely addition to
the Seattle Center parking lot



^ Welcome to SeaSk8


^ Alex takes a day
off from being a
pro snowboarder to
blast the vert wall



^ Look at those
organic lines - street
stuff in the background





^ Killer snake run
w/ big walls, especially
in the deep end [9 ft?]



^ Nice sampling of
tech features for
a flow park



^ No pads required,
we thought you'd
like that



^ More street


[ click pix to enlarge ]



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