Events DC Teams Up with Nationally-Acclaimed Visual Artist Naturel for Beautification of Skate Park at RFK Stadium
Park Temporarily Closes to Public During Six-Week Project
WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2017) – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, is teaming up with nationally-recognized visual artist Naturel to renovate its Skate Park at RFK Stadium (formerly known as Maloof Skate Park). During renovation, the Skate Park will be temporarily closed beginning July 14 through August 11.
The six-week beautification project seeks to increase the visibility and value of the Skate Park at RFK Stadium for public use and event space. It is the third project of several RFK Stadium Campus improvements including a bike-friendly extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, installation of the 19th Street batting cages, and a temporary outdoor pole vault training facility (Skate Park-adjacent) that will remain open during the Skate Park’s closure.
“At Events DC, we actively look for opportunities to revitalize our venues in ways that bring energy, activity, and beauty and continued relevance to neighborhoods,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment, and special events at Events DC. “Public art is an ever-present, growing trend in both the District and in cities across the world. We’re thrilled to be working with Naturel and his team in creating a more compelling landscape for our Skate Park visitors.”
Lawrence “Naturel” Atoigue is a Maryland-native whose futuristic work—a blend of pop and cubism with a surrealist twist—quickly emerged in today’s contemporary art scene. With a massive social media following, Naturel’s talents have also attracted the eyes and ears of celebrity clients such as Jay-Z, Spike Lee, Paul Rosenberg, and LeBron James, among many others. He has also served as a Creative Collaborator for global campaigns like Fiat and Puma, as well as multi-national brands like Pepsi and the National Basketball Association.
Upon project completion, the Skate Park at RFK Stadium will culminate with a community unveiling event in August; details to be announced.
The 15,000 square foot Skate Park at RFK Stadium opened for public use in April 2012. Its features, designed by California Skateparks and Professional Skater Geoff Rowley, were inspired by DC’s Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue and includes replicas of the Freedom Plaza Golden Rail and ledges. Located by DC’s Metro Center metro rail station, the Golden Rail was made famous by local skate boarders.
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Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC and @TheEventsDC_SED for the Sports, Entertainment and Special Events Division), and Instagram (@EventsDC).
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