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November 2, 2017

City sues skate shop over illegal park

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Attorney yesterday filed a suit against a Seattle skate shop and 20 “John and Jane Does” who allegedly damaged Green Lake's Duck Island by covertly building a skate park there.

In a press release, the city said the leading defendant is 35th North. The city said it is the only Seattle skate shop asked by Transworld Skateboarding Magazine to enter a contest to build or expand a skate park.

A video 35th North submitted for the contest, the city said, showed the “John and Jane Does” building a concrete structure on the island, which is an environmentally critical area.

Restoration of Duck Island will include weed and litter removal, stormwater and erosion control, and planting new vegetation and brush.

The city said it is calculating potential damages and penalties.

35th North could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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