Pro Skaters Helping to Raise Money for Rash Field Skatepark at Fundraiser this Saturday


By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

Local skateboarding prodigy-turned-professional Joey Jett spent the last year traveling the world and filming with two skateboarding icons. This Saturday, Jett will unveil their finished work at a fundraiser for a new skatepark at Rash Field.

Jett, a 19-year-old Towson native, will appear with with skating legend (and current Black Flag lead singer) Mike Vallely at Bustin Boards inside the Port Covington incubator space City Garage for an art show/film premiere/fundraiser for Jake’s Skatepark. The pair will premiere their new film, “The Dream: The Art of Skateboarding,” and show more than 20 unreleased photos of them skating spots around the world with another skateboarding legend, Mark “Gonz” Gonzales. Jett directed and edited the film, in addition to skating in his own part for it.

The skatepark, to be constructed during the $20 million renovation of Rash Field across from Federal Hill, is named in honor of Jake Owen, a 5-year-old killed in a rear-end accident in 2011 caused by a distracted driver. Stephanie Murdock, president of the nonprofit group Skatepark of Baltimore, told Baltimore Fishbowl last year the design will “incorporate Baltimore street features that kids and young adults are already skating in the city.” The concrete park would be around 8,000 square feet and sit right on the edge of the Inner Harbor, she said.


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