Covington receives King County grant for skate park remodel

The Covington skateboard park, Gerry Crick Skate Park, is getting a long-overdue face lift next year

The Covington skateboard park, Gerry Crick Skate Park, is getting a long-overdue face lift next year.

The park, which was built in 2004, is Covington’s only skate park. Since initial construction, weather has caused the wood parts in the ramps to swell and warp. Over time, some aging pieces of the modular-style park have been removed, but never replaced, said Angie Feser, parks planner for the city of Covington.

Last week, King County announced a $30,000 grant from the Youth Sport Facilities Grant program for the park’s upgrade. As part of the grant, the city needed a community partner. MultiCare agreed to the task and pitched in $1,000 toward the project.

With an additional $60,000 from the city’s general fund, $21,500 from new development park fees, and $7,500 in labor donations, the city is now able to replace all of the pieces at the park.

Local skateboarders that frequent the park, including 17-year-old Kyle Williamson, will be asked to help the city’s parks department in designing the new park to match what they want.

“That’s the best part of it, the funnest part,” Williamson said about the design process.

Williamson, a senior who takes online classes, said even though he will be moving on to college next year, he’s still looking forward to the new park.

“It will always be a hobby I have,” he said. “I know other people want it just as bad as I do.”

Feser said the city has thought about doing a poured-in concrete park, but because half of the land is owned by the Kent School District and half by the city, it’s difficult to put that type of park there.

“This way we have more flexibility,” she said of the modular design.

Because the county’s grant is the reimbursed type and won’t begin until the start of 2016, the design process will take place during the spring next year, with installation finishing up right before school gets out, Feser said.