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Have you heard about the new skatepark at RFK already being torn down? Yeah, us too.
Strictly a rumor, say the stadium folks.
“No, no, no,” says Teri Washington, spokesperson for DC Events, which controls the stadium and its grounds. “Not true.”
Washington was responding to an inquiry from Washington City Paper inspired by an anonymous tipster who spoke of the imminent demise of Maloof Cup Park, the 15,000-square-foot skaters haven in the stadium parking lot that was conceived as a memorial to the Maloof Money Cup skating tournament that was held at RFK over Labor Day.
The gimmick of the Maloof Money tour, founded by Joe and Gavin Maloof, owners of the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, is that organizers leave huge skateparks behind in every city that hosts one of their events.
(Funny enough, while building skateparks around the country the Maloofs are begging somebody else to build their basketball team an arena in Sacramento, and threatening to move the Kings to Anaheim if the city doesn’t pony up $387 million for the new facility quick.)
Along with EventsDC, I contacted a source in the skating community who over the years has known everything about everything that happens on rubber wheels in the market, and known it before anybody else, and he tells me he hasn’t heard anything to indicate the new skatepark will disappear before skaters have even gotten to use it.
Washington says via email that “the skate park is being landscaped and then opening up to the public next month.” The official announcement of an opening date will be made “sometime soon,” she says.
If indeed the skatepark teardown tip is a hoax, we’re not the only ones chasing the goose: The stadium people say WTOP already called asking about the park’s deconstruction.