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 Winter fundraiser will ensure that Jake’s Skate Park will be built in Phase I of the overall Rash Field Park project (expected completion Fall 2021). 

Fundraiser Details: 50 amateur and professional artists will paint skateboard decks that will be auctioned off in an online silent auction in March 2021. More details and the link for bidding will be announced soon!

(Consideration is being given to host a COVID sized preview party to be held at Charm City Skatepark in Canton with a skateboard demonstration by internationally known skateboarder and Baltimorean Joey Jett (www.JoeyJett.com).  The skateboard decks would be on display at Charm City Skatepark with bidding available online.)

Interested in sponsoring this event?

If you can’t paint a skateboard deck or 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!