Willard Skatepark honors ex-Indy skater, makes skating more accessible

Among the ramps, banks, ledges and bars at Willard Park Skatepark, one obstacle stands out: Ethan’s book banks.

The obstacle features two ramps pushed together to look like an open book and projects a heart-shaped shadow as the sun is setting. Its copper color stands in contrast to the light gray of the rest of the park. It’s a one-size-fits-all type of ride, offering opportunities for complicated and simple tricks.

It’s exactly what Ethan Williams would have wanted.

This is part of the Willard Park Skatepark, seen Monday, June 13, 2022. The recently-opened skatepark was dedicated to Ethan Williams.  Ethan, who was killed in a shooting in 2020 in New York City, loved skateboarding and literature.  One of his favorite books of his was buried in the cement of this ramp shaped like a book.  Also buried in the cement is one of Ethan's favorite skate tools.  in front of the

A natural fit

Williams died in a shooting in October 2020 in New York City. He had been on a skating trip, visiting some of the parks featured in Tony Hawk’s video games.

Investigators believe he was shot in a case of mistaken identity. No arrests have been announced in connection to the shooting.

At his funeral, Ethan’s dad Jason Williams, 48, was approached by several kids and young adults in the Indy skating community. They asked if he wanted to help an ongoing project to get a skatepark. They wanted to dedicate it to his son.

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