Waterfront Partnership Announces Launch of Jake's Skatepark
Waterfront Partnership Announces Launch of “Jake’s Skatepark”
Portion of proceeds from locally crafted “Landing Bolts” beer will support fundraising efforts for skatepark at Rash Field
(BALTIMORE) – Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s plans for the redesign of Rash Field include a new skate park, which the organization announced today will be named “Jake’s Skate Park” in memory of Jake Owen, an avid skater and sports lover, who was killed when he was five-years-old by a cell phone-distracted driver in 2011.
Following Jake’s passing, his parents, Spike Owen and Susan Yum, worked with local government officials to pass Jake’s Law, which makes crashes caused by cell phone distracted driving resulting in a serious injury or death, punishable with up to one year of jail time and up to a $5,000 fine. In 2014, Jake’s Law passed with overwhelming community support.
“Naming the skatepark ‘Jake’s Skatepark’ is a wonderful way to honor Jake’s life and will help make sure the skatepark is an inviting place for everyone, but especially young children,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership. “The skatepark is an important part of the new Rash Field Park and we’re looking forward to the community enjoying it in Jake’s name.”
To support the fundraising effort for the $20M Rash Field Park design, Key Brewing Company, where Jake’s father, Owen, is a partner, has collaborated with local breweries Checkerspot and Stillwater Artisanal to create a specialty craft beer with sale proceeds going to the park. “Landing Bolts,” named for the popular term used to describe a great accomplishment in skateboarding culture, is an India Pale Lager with the traditional lightness of a lager and the hoppiness of an IPA.
A fundraiser for the skatepark will be held at Key Brewery on October 21st at 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy “Landing Bolts,” live music, food from Blue Bit BBQ and Chuck’s Trading Post, and a backyard BBQ competition hosted by Chuck’s Trading Post, as well. Skate Baltimore will be onsite with a mini skate park with ramps and rails.
“We’re excited to collaborate with Checkerspot and Stillwater Artisanal on Landing Bolts,” said Owen. “Landing Bolts will also be available in various bars and restaurants throughout Baltimore including Max’s Taphouse, Blue Pit BBQ, Metropolitan, among others, and a portion of all sales will go towards Jake’s Skate Park.”
Jake’s Skate Park will be located on the West side of the park within the first phase of the project, and will provide a dedicated space for the skate boarding community that will be accessible for skaters of all ages and abilities. Waterfront Partnership is partnering with Skate Baltimore, Grindline and Mahan Rykiel to design the skatepark. For more information about where people can find “Landing Bolts,” please visit the Key Brewing Co. Facebook page.
Rash Field, located on the south side of the Inner Harbor will be redesigned into an active and attractive park space that will serve a diverse user base through added amenities and increased programming. To learn more about Rash Field and to donate to Jake’s Skate Park, visit www.rashfield.org.
About Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore
Waterfront Partnership is the proud steward of Baltimore's crown jewel, its Inner Harbor and Waterfront. We're lean, nimble and effective; the only organization that wakes up every day, rolls its sleeves up and gets to work on new ways we can make Baltimore's Waterfront even more active, attractive and appealing. We're the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions and managers of our beautiful parks. We encourage investment in Baltimore's most celebrated asset so it can continue to grow, to serves as a place of pride and the place where Baltimoreans come together to recreate and to celebrate. For more information, visit www.waterfrontpartnership.org.