Pro Scooter Shop co-owner David Power shows one of his many scooter decks he has at his shop in Redmond. Aaron Kunkler, Reporter Newspapers

An indoor scooter park in Redmond? It’s coming soon

While skateboards and longboards have often been the platform of choice for athletes looking to test their mettle off the beaten path of team sports, one shop in Redmond is trying encourage the rising tide of pro scooter riders with equipment and soon an indoor park.

David Power is the owner of the Pro Scooter Shop in the business park off 95th Street. While the actual shop is a for-profit business, the scooter park he is building in the back has filed for nonprofit status and in many ways, he hopes it will be a public service provided to the community.

“People want a place for their kids to come where it’s safe, it’s friendly,” he said standing in his shop last week.

The park will be the only one specifically dedicated to scooters on the Eastside.

Pro scootering has become more prominent over the last decade, he said, as the designs for the scooters have become increasingly more solid.

Most people have likely encountered the pro scooters’ predecessor, the Razor collapsible scooters which allow riders to zip around city streets and skate parks, often to the chagrin of skateboarders or BMX bikers.

In the past, there has been somewhat of a rift between skaters and scooterers, Power said, but as scooter designs continue to improve, that may be changing.

Pro scooters are not collapsible, and have heavier, solid metal decks with larger wheels. This provides them the strength needed to perform tricks without breaking.

Power’s shop boasts an impressive array of already assembled scooters, as well as walls and displays full of grip tape, decks, wheels of varying sizes and safety equipment.

“Just like stereos or cars, you can build or customize them as well,” he said.

Power helped start the company in 2012 as an online business and began the retail shop in 2013 around the corner from their current location. They moved to their new spot around four months ago, and the space now provides them more retail space as well as room for the scooter park in the back.

This coincides with a larger increase in the Seattle scene, he said.

“Business is growing, the scooter scene in Seattle is taking off,” Power said.

One of the reasons Power credits for this recent boom is a lower technical barrier of entry for scooter riders. He said scooters can be easier to ride than skateboards, even though he grew up skating.

In the scooter scene, there are two main camps of riders: park and street.

Park riding is primarily focused on tricks and flips, whereas street riding is more technical and focused on using the environment at hand, he said.

In the back of the shop, large scooter park features like quarter-pipes, stairs and rails among others were being constructed. While they were still in construction, the general shape of the indoor park was forming.

When it is completed, Power hopes the scooter-exclusive park will be able to host up to 20 riders at a time.

There are many skate and BMX parks in the greater Seattle area, he said, but none are dedicated exclusively for scooter riders. He hopes to have the park open by this fall.

Already, Power said he has received inquiry from people in the community about hosting birthday parties and events at the park when it is completed.

“The feedback from the community has been incredible,” he said.

Power also tries to give back to the scooter community and his shop, which also operates heavily online, has sponsored some 14 riders across the United States, Canada and China.

And ultimately, he would like to see the sport continue to grow and attract new riders.

“They’re a pretty close family,” he said of scooterers.

The Pro Scooter Shop is located at 14766 Northeast 95th Street.

More in Business

Sajeenaa Jebanathan (Middle) from Lake Washington High School receives the Lee Johnson Student Community Service Award. Katie Searle (Right) a Lake Washington School District CTE Specialist, and Tod Johnson (Left) of the Johnson family presented the award. <em>Kristina Bowman, Lake Washington School District</em>
Kirkland Chamber of Commerce honors community at annual awards luncheon

The chamber recognizes individuals who’ve been impactful on Kirkland’s business community.

The Heathman Hotel completes multimillion-dollar renovation

The property remodeled its 91 guestrooms and suites with modern amenities and design concepts that celebrate its Northwest roots

Chamber names James as new president

James’ is to bring arts to the community and develop strong community relationships.

EvergreenHealth welcomes Zhou to heart and vascular team

Zhou brings an array of clinical experience to her new position.

The exterior of the new Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. The location is still under renovations at the former Massage Envy location in Juanita Village. Kailan Manandic, Kirkland Reporter
Long-time locals join the Kirkland small business market

Three long-time locals are replacing a closed massage and skincare business in… Continue reading

Stacy Edwards, owner of the Eastside GYMGUYZ franchise, opens his van to show the various equipment his trainers use with their clients. Kailan Manandic, Kirkland Reporter
Local gym takes equipment on the road

Local gym owner Stacy Edwards opens his doors at 5 a.m. every… Continue reading

Kirkland Investor Sharks set for Nov. 4

The Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Kirkland Performance Center, will… Continue reading

Bridle Trails Red Apple to close in February

After 20 years in operation, the Bridle Trails Red Apple in Kirkland… Continue reading

Higher Leaf adds voice to support for city council

Higher Leaf Marijuana Kirkland and Bellevue recently expressed their appreciation for the… Continue reading

Freiheit & Ho Architects comes to Seattle Design Festival Block Party

Freiheit & Ho Architects will be participating in the 2017 Seattle Design… Continue reading

Kirkland Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce invites members to learn how to… Continue reading