This is where you find out about everything that's happening at B.A.R.C.
Location: 10500 SW 228TH rD. Map
This new & beautiful logo was designed by Allison Reid, Chair of the B.A.R.C. Stewards
B.A.R.C.'S Sand Volleyball Court is open dawn to dust every day -- and it's FREE!
Vashon Indoor Skate Park
Save Money and skate cash free -- Get in on low session prices, Weekly, monthly and quarterly passes and special memberships.
Call 463-9999 or 463-9602
Fall and Winter Hours --
2:30-5:30PM Wednesday thru Friday
and 11:30AM to 5:30PM Saturday & Sunday
11:30AM-5:30PM Wednesday through Sunday during school breaks
Safety is Cool!
To reduce injuries from this vigorous sport, Vashon Park District requires that
Helmets are mandatory for all skaters; no one skates helmet-free.
Thursday nights for BIG kids!
Experienced boarders age 14 and older are invited to join volunteer
Tage Rauen at the Skate Park Thursday nights 5:30 - 9PM.
No registration required; just drop in!
Margot Boyer, Chris Graham, Amy Wolff and Patty Campbell worked September 9 to prepare Eden Reframed, B.A.R.C.'s contemplative garden for the
September 21st Autumn Equinox Celebration.
Everyone is invited to celebrate from 5PM to dusk. Bring your stories, songs, snacks, seeds, and so on......invite your friends......May the energy of Eden Reframed ripple outwards and inwards.
"I Skate Because..."
Skatepark Posters Raise Awareness
(at various locations around Vashon)
Island designer, Allison Reid, has donated time and prints to allow us to place these awareness building images throughout Vashon.
Why? We want you to see the youth who rely on and relish having the Indoor Skatepark at B.A.R.C. These are the islanders the Skatepark serves. Using their own words, these kids share their reasons for why they "skate."
There are approximately 20 posters in the series, so as you make your way about town, keep an eye out for these catchy images. You probably know a face or two!
The Skate Park is supervised fun for inline skaters and boarders alike. Get a long-term pass and save!
Call Steve at 463-9999 or the Park District at 463-9602 for more information.
PARENTS, buy your skater a weekly, monthly or quarterly pass so they can skate or board all they want without needing cash in their pockets. Reduced fees are available. Simply apply at the Park District offices in Ober Park.
A weekly pass at $10 pays for itself in 3 sessions; after that you're skating free
A monthly pass at $24 pays for itself in 8 sessions
A quarterly pass at $60 pays for itself in 20 sessions.
Purchase passes in person at the Skate Park or at our Ober Park offices.
Skate sessions NOW $3/member & $6/non-member
Family Memberships available at $15/family of 2; $18/family of 3 and $20/family of 4 or more. Membership means half-price session fees.
The Skate Park can be rented for parties during off hours with two weeks advance notice. Call Steve Schrock at 463-9999 during regular Skate Park hours, or call the Park District at 463-9602.
Helmets are COOL, required and available for use at the Skate Park. Bring your own board.
Eden Reframed is the contemplative garden at the center of B.A.R.C.
Created by artist Beverly Naidus and her friends, with a grant from University of Washington, Eden Reframed is an edible garden with comfortable benches and nature stories to aid contemplation.
All are welcome in Eden Reframed...Enjoy!
All About B.A.R.C.
B.A.R.C. is one of the Park District's most unique properties, and it's improving all the time. With the help of a team of volunteer stewards. We at VPD hope to turn B.A.R.C. into "THE" alternative park for all. The Master Plan tells most of the story; though it's evolving with input from the community. Click here to download a PDF copy of the Master Plan -- caution: it's a big file and will take some time to download.
You too can help create Vashon's most unique alternative park. Join the B.A.R.C. stewards. Just email VPD Commissioner Michael DeBlasi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Program Coordinator Susan McCabe at email@example.com to join the group.
We've been working with Jim Gerlach, a Vashon resident and landscape designer, to develop preliminary planting, trail and skate park plans for B.A.R.C. Park stewards have provided input for the three major anchor points of the park -- the skate park, BMX track and frisbee golf course. Park Commissioners have approved the design, final plans are currently being used to seek funding that will implement the Master Plan. Click here to see Jim's preliminary planting plan associated with the B.A.R.C. layout.
The popularity of Frisbee Golf, also called Disc Golf, continues to grow nationwide. Players on the West Coast are especially active, and Vashon-Maury Island has its own group of Frisbee Golf enthusiasts. In fact, B.A.R.C. has had a Frisbee Golf course almost as long as it's had a skate park.
To view the map of our current course, click here. Our course was created by Vashon Island resident and disc golf expert, Bryan Forsythe. B.A.R.C. volunteer stewards are overseeing design and fund-raising for improvements to the course.
The existing Frisbee golf course has been cleared of invasive plants. The removal of these plants and subsequent re-planting of native plants will be sculpted to create a series of labyrinths that will approximate the fairways of a regular golf course. The plantings will create an aesthetically sculpted system of native plants that will in turn create obstacles desired by the Frisbee golfers. The actual paths for the fairways will be either returned to grass or will be provided with a type of surface that will be sanctioned by the doctrines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
B.A.R.C. rudimentary BMX track got a lot of help from Windermere Realty staff volunteers, Landscape architect, Jim Gerlach, and local artisan, Jim Farrell. Jim Gerlach has developed designs that include the BMX track as part of the overall park plan....and this new jump launched that plan.
It started with measuring
Local artist, Jim Farrell, made the corner turn just right
Designer Jim Gerlach, and Realtor, Cheryl Dalton muscle in the finishing touch...a large rock to jump.
The finished product -- 'Tis a thing of Beauty!
BMXers! Come on out and give it a try!
Early in the process of the Master Plan the park stewards recognized that the fledgling BMX-style track could be a great asset to the park if certain parameters were met. The bike skills course will be built to meet applicable safety, signage, and design standards as recommended by the BBTC who have developed a similar park in Seattle with great success and city support. For the scope of this plan it will initially include the existing course and a new pump track area of approximately 40'x30'. The existing course will be brought up to standard. BARC will be a place for all levels of bike riders to practice their skills without having to be on the street.