Carbnear kids need safe skateboard park
I would just like to express my frustration with some councillors and business people here in Carbonear.
Over the past few weeks a petition has been circulating for a skate park for the town. For the most part the response has been positive. But there have been a few comments made that I believe need addressing.
One councilor/businessperson when asked if they would help with the petition flatly refused and added that they ( Skateboarders) were wasting their time and they should give up.
I would think getting young people involved in any community project would be encouraged. These kids are our future and we need to get them involved in what goes on in our town. We should give them a helping hand to achieve their goals, or maybe come to some compromise. Instead of telling them no, would it not be wiser for the person to praise them for getting involved and maybe give some advice on how to achieve their goal.
Another comment made was to the effect: “they already got one (skate park) and they don’t use it.”
My reply to that is if it had been built right in the beginning with a proper layout and it gave the kids a challenge it would be used.
Now someone is going to say Council spent x amount of dollars on the park already and they didn’t use it.
Again I say with proper layout it would be utilized. In comparison, just because someone goes out and buys top of the line parts for their car doesn’t mean they are qualified to install them. Therefore ask the skaters what they need. What will it take to get them to use the park? Also concrete forms are hard to steal.
Skateboarders agree there is already a skate park in Carbonear located next to the pool. The park included a number of ramps, which have since become damaged and or removed from the site, which leaves only a long stretch of pavement and one hip (skateboard equipment) to use. Therefore skaters have resorted to using public places to practice their sport. Yes it is a sport. It is even rumored it will someday become an Olympic event. Skaters using these premises affect every business with pavement, curbs or stairs.
Although the installation of an improved skate park does not guarantee they will stay away from these businesses, it should cut back drastically on the amount of time they spend there.
Carbonear should take a page from the City of St. John’s and surrounding areas, which currently have five skate parks. Four smaller parks are located at Bowring Park, Kilbride Community Center, Goulds, and Shea Heights Community Center. The largest, the Rotary Club is operating on Mundy Pond Road. This park features: 3-ft bowl transferring to multi height 6-8 ft. bowl with extensions, escalators and hips. It has small, medium and large banks with rails, hubbas and flat ledges. It also includes a mas- sive set of stairs, tons of step-ups, transfers, gaps, rails, and ledges.
Carbonear has skaters ranging from age 5 to 18. So I am sure there are enough skaters in this area to warrant a park. Skaters would gladly incorporate some of the above-mentioned items into the park by the pool.
Lets give these kids a place to skate safely and where they are challenged without having to use parking lots.
Prime Minister Stephan Harper has made government grants available under Recreational Infrastructure Canada.
Maybe these kids could learn something about the process of politics at all levels of government.
If you are a business affected by skateboarders maybe you should step up and help find a solution. The YES Program is lending their time and advice to help these kids. If you can donate time, ideas or suggestions for a positive solution let them know.