Future Inner Harbor Skatepark to be Named After Boy Killed by Distracted Driver


By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

The Waterfront Partnership will name a planned skatepark being built into a redesigned Rash Field in honor of a local boy killed six years ago by a distracted driver.

The plaza will be dubbed Jake’s Skate Park, paying homage to Jake Owen, a five-year-old child from Baltimore who loved skateboarding and died far too young. Owen was killed in 2011 when his family’s car was rear-ended by a driver talking on his cell phone in Baltimore County.

The skatepark will be installed in the western side of Rash Field Park, which is set to undergo a $20 million renovation that will also include a renovated pavilion, children’s play areas, a field and beach volleyball courts.


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