LOCATION: Glacier, WA / ESTablished: 2016
The "Coal Pad" is a slab of concrete that was a coal deposit from mines in the hills of Glacier Wa. It's a spot where dirt bike jumps were built and where eventually an area was swept and skated on. Skateable features popped up and the vision for a true DIY skatepark started to form. Dedicated skaters and locals poured evolving features and set up various fund raisers.
Sometime in the midst of building, land owner Joe King came upon construction on his land... he was taken a bit back and worried about the various liabilities with such a project. The crew that started the Coal Pad was faced with the fact that all their work could be shut down. Through passion and research the skaters talked to Joe about their vision and the history of the community using the Coal Pad as a place of recreation. Joe listened and through a bit of legal work and help from a land use manager, the project was turned back on with the agreement that proper permits would be pulled.