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editor's note:
Sumner Skatepark

* Outdoor: 'Crete / Pool coping
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: "Sumner, over the rainbow..."

Like whoa... Big bad ruler Bill Pool kicked down the footy for our first mention of the new park in Sumner WA. This is a one-of-kind set up, yet another step in the maniacal progression of the Northwest park scene.

As far as we can tell, this park consists of a monster bowl and a flowy street course. Rumor has it, the locos at Grindline [206.714.8757] are to be held accountable where the general burliness is concerned. Not your average "perfect NORwest park," Sumner cranks it up to 11 with more pool coping than you'll know what to do with.

Yep, the entire perimeter of the bowl is done in pool coping. If you've never tried to grind pool coping you should know that it's nothing like traditional metal. Jutting out like a fat lower lip, connecting w/ pool coping is a jarring experience. No easy slip and slide action here, you gotta be like Daniel son and think THRU the coping to ride that steez.

Personally, I'm a big coward about pools. I'm stoked to ride them, don't get me wrong, but the combination of that crazy lip and all the vert sends a yellow streak up my back every time. I'm unworthy, it's true. If this was the only park in the area, I might sound off for the other girly-men out there and suggest that this park should have been a *combination* of pool and traditional metal coping. But seeing as thou' there are tons of great parks in this area, a pool riders tribute almost seems overdue. Bravo, Grindline, you went and killed it AGAIN!

For other "Seattle area" parks you could check any number of options. Indoor sessions can be found at Bellevue, the B and I in Tacoma, and good ole Rain City in Seattle. For some various concrete cocktails try West Hills, North Bend, and SeaTac. Closer to Sumner, don't you dare miss the killer runs at Gig Harbor.

Directions: Coming from Seattle, take Interstate 90 east to Interstate 405 south. From Interstate 405, take Highway 167 south to Highway 512 east. Take the second exit and head north for about two miles. Make a right after the baseball field on the right. This is the Daffodil Valley Sport Complex. The skatepark is inside this community sport complex. For more info call 253.863.1230.

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^ Crazy ass-whooping bowl for
all the childrens at Sumner.
Yeah, that's Bill's finger, so what!
[Photo: Bill Pool]

^ Could this be
Bill himself?
[Photo: Bill Pool]

^ Sometimes skate-
boarders do jumps
and then perform
aerial stunts likes
board grabs!
[Photo: Bill Pool]

^ This guy doesn't
look like he's having
a good time at all...
[Photo: Bill Pool]

^ Technical? Yeah, like a
sledge hammer! Street course
action [Photo: Bill Pool]

^ Cross park viewpoint
[Photo: Bill Pool]

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