Waterfront Partnership to Auction off Custom Skateboard Decks to Raise Funds for Jake’s Skate Park at Rash Field Park

Over 50 hand-painted skateboard decks will be featured in the online auction starting on April 8, Including a signed deck by Baltimore’s own John Waters

Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2021) – To support Jake’s Skate Park at Rash Field Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Waterfront Partnership announced today it is hosting a virtual fundraiser and online auction running from April 8 at 9:00 a.m. to April 9 at 9:00 p.m. featuring hand-painted skateboard decks from 50 professional and amateur artists from the Baltimore community including Robert McClintock, Crystal Moll, Baltimore skateboard professional Joey Jett, and others. 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. 

“With construction on the skatepark now underway, we are so close to making Jake’s Skate Park a reality. Working with the Owen family and partners like professional skateboarder and Baltimorean Joey Jett, the Grindline team, Skatepark of Baltimore and community volunteers, we are building a welcoming and top-of-the-line space in Jake’s memory,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

Spearheaded by volunteers Cindy Conklin, Claire Broido Johnson and other Federal Hill residents, this effort ensures that Jake’s Skate Park will be built in Phase I of the overall Rash Field Park project opening later this year.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring the community together to support the skatepark, a space that we know will bring a lot of joy and special memories to families and kids across the area,” said Conklin. 

Ranging in themes from native flowers to Baltimore celebrity Mr. Trash Wheel, the pieces of art will be available to view prior to the auction, and available to bid on starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at https://www.biddingowl.com/WaterfrontPartnership

Jake’s Skatepark will be located on the West side of the park and when completed, will feature 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 skatepark is designed by Grindline, one of the top concrete skatepark and design companies in the country. 

Taking place in two phases, Rash Field Park is being transformed into a 7-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