Skatepark legend Mark ‘Monk’ Hubbard of Grindline, 1970-2018

The film embedded above tells the story of a West Seattle man who touched lives around the world, and lived his in a big way, and this weekend brought word he is gone too soon. Family, friends, and fans are mourning Mark “Monk” Hubbard, who founded and led renowned skatepark design/build company Grindline. The company announced his death on Instagram; Q13 quotes a friend as saying he died at the West Seattle home he shared with his wife and three children. Grindline designed and built the Delridge Skatepark; Mr. Hubbard got a big shoutout when its grand opening was celebrated at Delridge Day in 2011. The Roxhill Skatepark, built a year later, was also a Grindline project, and Mr. Hubbard’s company helped prep the adjacent site where Roxhill Playground was overhauled. That’s not the only example of his West Seattle community involvement – WSB archives include a shoutout for his concrete work paving the way for a new Snack Shack at the Pee-Wee baseball fields in Riverview last year. No word yet on a memorial; we’ll update if/when one is announced.

ADDED SATURDAY: His family sends word of the June 22nd (next Friday) celebration of Mr. Hubbard’s life at Delridge Skatepark, 3-6 pm.

8 Replies to "Skatepark legend Mark 'Monk' Hubbard of Grindline, 1970-2018"

  • Alki resident June 10, 2018 (10:55 pm)

    WOW Mark, thank you will never be enough. RIP.

  • Silver Surfer June 11, 2018 (1:56 am)

    Crucial Individual

  • Chas Redmond June 11, 2018 (9:03 am)

    So sorry to hear this. Mark was an amazing community leader and worked tirelessly with both adults and kids to bring joy to neighborhoods. Rest in Peace Mark and best fortune to his family.

  • MrsT June 11, 2018 (10:44 am)

    What a tragic loss for his family and what a tragic loss for the community. Skateparks are an integral part of any successful city, giving youth (and the youthful) a place to gather, move their bodies, and strengthen community bonds. I’ve long admired Grindline and the work they do. My love to all who loved him.

  • Salal June 11, 2018 (10:47 am)

    A west seattle legend indeed. Rest in peace 

  • nachobeaver June 11, 2018 (11:25 am)

    Ride In Peace…”Monk”

  • Ted Ellis June 11, 2018 (7:07 pm)

    My heart goes out to his whole family – including his son Odin who was on our West Seattle baseball team (Menashe). I’ve personally been on a number of skateparks with our kids and never knew that it was Odin’s dad who accomplished so much. Enjoy the folks around you, you never know the impact they have had.

  • Alejo Meneese June 13, 2018 (1:16 am)


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