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Lake City celebrates opening of new skateboard park

  • Virgil Flaim Park 2750 N.E. 125th Street Seattle, WA 98125 (map)

The Lake City Skatespot project adds a skateboard park, relocated basketball court and other amenities and improvements at Virgil Flaim Park. Virgil Flaim is the largest, most centrally-located park in the Lake City community. It is used extensively by families for recreation, outdoor dining and community gatherings.

Wells Fargo donated $30,000 to help fund completion of the skateboard park and colored concrete through its “LIFT the Block” neighborhood revitalization program. Local Wells Fargo team members will assist with Lake City Library kids’ craft projects and commemorative button-making during the grand opening celebration.

The park project supports current revitalization efforts by Children’s Home Society of Washington and other Lake City partners. Last summer, Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance received a $100,000 Neighborhood Planning Grant from Wells Fargo. The grant supports the creation of a resident-driven plan to improve the quality of life for children and families in Seattle’s Lake City.     

The “LIFT the Block” program is part of Wells Fargo’s $5 million NeighborhoodLIFT initiative launched last July to help boost local homeownership through down payment assistance grants and homebuyer education, in partnership with HomeSight. More than $2 million in grants remain available for eligible King, Pierce and Snohomish County homebuyers.

Since February 2012, LIFT programs combined with a $337 million commitment have helped create more than 14,200 homeowners in 52 communities. To learn more about the matching down payment assistance program eligibility requirements, visit or contact HomeSight at 206-723-4355.