A missing element of today's columns and news stories about relocating a city skate park at Seattle Center is that City Hall could have had enough money to build hundreds of skate parks.
But King Greg and the Council Jesters blew a $50 million opportunity when they sold off the former Center skate site to the needy Bill Gates.
Rather than dispose of $72 million in city property at its valued price, the mayor, with the City Council's acquiescence, opted to give the world's richest man a break so he could use the site - mostly a vast parking lot and the skate park - to build a new headquarters for the world's richest foundation.
Even a lousy $49 million break could have at least provided $1 million dedicated for a grand new skate park somewhere, with enough left over to fill a few city potholes.
Now the forgetful council has proposed shoehorning the skate park into a site north of KeyArena - and tearing out the much-liked DuPen fountain and sculptures (the decision is on hold for another week).
After two years, this is the only site the council could come up with - ultimately because of costs. Actually, with that expensive grand entry of unused steps and plazas, City Hall itself would make a fine skate park. I hear the building is mostly vacant anyway.