Jake’s Skate Park, named after Jake Owen, a five-year-old South Baltimore boy who was killed by a cell phone distracted driver in 2011, will feature a bowl, mini ramps, rails, ledges, and transfers providing a dedicated space that will be accessible for skaters of all ages and abilities.
In 2011, Jake Owen was a happy five-year old child playing with his new Super Mario Brothers game he just got for Christmas, when a cell phone distracted driver struck his family car from behind at 62 MPH. His last words were, “Mom, I have 43 lives!”
In his short life, Jake became an avid skateboarder and sports enthusiast. He would take to the streets to show his friends and parents his new skateboarding tricks, or help his friends pick up the sport. He played baseball and soccer and inspired everyone he knew to pursue their passions and live life fully. Jake’s favorite colors were Purple and Orange, inspired by his hometown sports teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. To honor Jake’s life and infectious attitude, we’re building a skatepark at the new Rash Field Park and dedicating the park in his name.
Jake’s Skate Park was designed by Grindline, one of the top concrete skatepark and design companies in the country. The park features a large bowl, mini ramps, rails, ledges, and transfers providing a dedicated space that will be accessible for skaters of all ages and abilities.
The Waterfront Partnership has teamed up professional skateboarder and active sports organizations to provide regular programming for young skaters to learn in a safe and encouraging environment.