Skateboarding park comes to D.C.

(Photo: Mark Segraves)

Few know the district for its skateboarding. But now maybe they will. The city just got its first major skate park.

The 15,000 square foot park was inspired by the architecture of Freedom Plaza and erected in the parking lot of the RFK festival grounds.

It was built by and for the Maloof Cup, a big skateboarding competition that will take place this weekend. Joe Maloof, owner of the Sacramento Kings, has sponsored the event. It will feature forty of the world's best professional skateboarders.

“The purse is about a half a million dollars, first prize a hundred and sixty thousand, so there's a lot of money on the line,” said Maloof. “And we get the top skaters from all over the world here.”

Some came from as far as California to participate.

While local skaters may be sad to see the competition go, the park will remain open permanently for public use.