If you haven’t heard the unfortunate news, then I regret to inform you that the fabled bank one ledge has officially been knobbed. This is a truly sad moment for skateboarding in Grand Rapids. It was only a matter of time though, considering the ledges next door were knobbed years ago right after being built.
When I first started skating, my best friend and I would push to the city from his grandma’s house and skate all over downtown, and we always ended up at bank one. It was our EMB, or our Love Park–at least ever since the amphitheater was torn out and replaced by an ice skating rink. We’ll see how long it lasts before the knobs magically disappear in the night. For now, I’ll pour out that free cup of coffee I get whenever I make a bank run, in memory of all the nights shared at the spot. Apparently the ledges on the upper level of Ionia Street are still good, and word is they are now appropriately being referred to as bank two.
Speaking of out-ledges, there is good news regarding another classic GR spot. The Central High double set ledge has been patched up and bondo-ed. It’s still shitty. If anyone’s trying to film some bangers, there is currently a fence and a cherry picker next to it–looks so urban.