BALTIMORE (April 26, 2021) – More than 1,000 bids from 160 bidders led to bidding wars on custom skate-board themed items during an online auction organized by Waterfront Partnership in early April in support of Jake’s Skate Park at Rash Field Park. In total, the virtual fundraiser and donations raised $28,535 and included 67 items ranging from skateboard decks donning John Waters’ signature and Mr. Trash Wheel to clothing designed by professional skateboarder Joey Jett.
The online auction featured custom works of art from more than 50 professional and amateur artists from the Baltimore community including Robert McClintock, Crystal Moll, Baltimore City students and others.
A skate deck signed by John Waters, raised the most funds having sold for $2,000 following 45 bids; the second highest was for “Charm City Treats” by Maryland Institute College of Art graduate and local artist Dena Smith, which sold for $570 following 42 bids and closing the top three was “Disjointed Flight,” a set of three boards painted by Michel Modell, which sold at $501.
Jake’s Skate Park is named in memory of Jake Owen, an avid skater and sports lover who was killed at five-years-old by a cell phone-distracted driver in 2011. Owen’s childhood friend Reid Glaros of Federal Hill painted two special boards for the auction in memory of Jake – one Orioles-themed with “JAKE” spelled out along the bases in Camden Yards.
“Waterfront Partnership is thrilled to be creating a welcoming and accessible space for the growing Baltimore skateboard community – a place designed for both novices and experienced skateboarders to have fun and take in views of the Inner Harbor,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership.
“The fact that the auction was a community-driven effort is what made it so special,” continued Schwartz.
Spearheaded by volunteers Cindy Conklin and Claire Broido Johnson, and others, this effort helped support Jake’s Skate Park, which is currently under construction as part of Phase 1 of Rash Field Park slated to open in late 2021.
Jake’s Skate Park will be located on the West side of Rash Field Park featuring a bowl, mini ramps, rails, ledges and transfers, providing a dedicated space for the growing skateboard community in Baltimore – accessible to all ages and abilities. The skate park is designed by Grindline, one of the top concrete skatepark and design companies in the country.
Rash Field Park is being transformed into a seven-acre thriving park and welcoming community hub, supporting education and ecology, health and wellness, recreation and play, and programming and entertainment. To learn more about Rash Field Park, donate to the project or follow its progress, visit rashfield.org.