JAKE’S SKATE PARK
In 2011, Jake Owen was a happy five-year old child playing with his new Super Mario Brothers game he just got for Christmas, when a cell phone distracted driver struck his family car from behind at 62 MPH. His last words were, “Mom, I have 43 lives!”
In his short life, Jake became an avid skateboarder and sports enthusiast. He would take to the streets to show his friends and parents his new skateboarding tricks, or help his friends pick up the sport. He played baseball and soccer and inspired everyone he knew to pursue their passions and live life fully. Jake’s favorite colors were Purple and Orange, inspired by his hometown sports teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. To honor Jake’s life and infectious attitude, we’re building a skatepark at the new Rash Field Park and dedicating the park in his name.
Jake’s Skate Park is being designed by Grindline, one of the top concrete skatepark and design companies in the country. The park will feature a large bowl, mini ramps, rails, ledges, and transfers providing a dedicated space that will be accessible for skaters of all ages and abilities. (Image below is a rendering and is not intended to reflect the final design)
The local community around Rash Field is excited to help complete the fundraising to build Jake’s Skate Park. In addition to Waterfront Partnership’s fundraising efforts for Rash Field Park, this Spring fundraiser, planned for Thursday, April 8, will ensure that Jake’s Skate Park will be built in Phase I of the overall Rash Field Park project (expected completion Fall 2021).
Dates/Times: Online auction opens at 9:00am EST on Thursday, April 8, 2021 and runs through 9:00pm EST on Friday, April 9, 2021.
What: Calling all Baltimore, skateboarding and art enthusiasts! Waterfront Partnership is hosting a virtual fundraiser to help build Jake’s Skate Park at Rash Field Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 50 amateur and professional artists are painting skateboard decks that will be auctioned off in an online silent auction benefiting the Inner Harbor’s first ever skatepark!
Below are a few boards that will be available in the auction. To see all boards, be sure to check out the silent auction at biddingowl.com/WaterfrontPartnership on April 8th and 9th.
If you can’t participate in the online auction, please consider donating to the skate park directly. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible!
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