The city filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against Capitol Hill skate shop 35th North and 20 people for allegedly building an unauthorized skate bowl on Duck Island in Green Lake. The skate park, built in July and since dismantled, was part of a contest sponsored by Nike SB to build a new skate park or expand an existing one. The 35th North skate shop is being sued because it allegedly took part in the contest and submitted a video (you can watch it in this Seattle Times article; the original has been taken down) that shows people building a concrete skate bowl on the island. Duck Island is an environmentally sensitive area and a habitat for birds; people aren't supposed to set foot there.
In the suit, the city is seeking money to restore damaged trees, vegetation, and land, as well as a $5,000 penalty per tree. In total, the city is seeking damages in "the low six figures."
“The restoration of Duck Island will include weed removal, storm water and erosion control, litter removal and planting of new vegetation and brush,” according to a statement from the city attorney's office.
The shop was almost one of three $1,000 winners of the contest before Nike SB learned that the bowl was constructed without permission and withdrew the prize.