Skate­board park an an­swer to prayers

The Compass - - OPINION - — Joy French-Cole­man writes from Har­bour Grace

All I can say is I’ve re­ceived an an­swer to a prayer. In what way, you may ask? Why, the skate­board park, of course. Just goes to show God is in­ter­ested in ev­ery as­pect of our lives. I’ve been pray­ing about this for quite some time now.

Plus, I’ve writ­ten to all the lo­cal coun­cils, RCMP de­tach­ments, the edi­tor of The Com­pass, and spoke to any­one who would lis­ten re­gard­ing this need of our youth.

God ex­pects us to do our part, too. I’m not blow­ing my own horn, just very happy to share how great this re­al­ity is to our skate­board­ers, BMXers and scooter users. Th­ese young peo­ple de­serve th­ese parks to be able to par­tic­i­pate in their sport as well as oth­ers do in theirs. There are so many places pro­vided for all the other sports around.

I feel sorry for that driver I read about in this week’s Com­pass, who made such a dis­play of bad be­hav­iour to­ward a skate­boarder. Some­times older peo­ple for­get what it was like to be young. En­cour­age­ment, not dis­cour­age­ment, prof­its us all. And a smile goes even fur­ther still.

Don’t lis­ten to the neg­a­tive ru­mours con­cern­ing skate­board­ers, please.

Thank you to all who are in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing th­ese dreams come true for so many of our youth. Keep up the good work; it’s worth­while.

It’s too bad Bay Roberts park had to have that in­ci­dent with nee­dles. It does war­rant more se­cu­rity and they’ve in­stalled cam­eras. I’ve picked up sev­eral nee­dles here a cou­ple of times on the trail at the end of Bear’s Cove and had to bring them to the RCMP for dis­posal.

Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als who are ad­dicted are more to be pitied than blamed. It’s drug push­ers we need to zero in on.

Well, that’s an­other is­sue I’m mak­ing a mat­ter of prayer and I’d im­plore any­one out there to do the same.

Most skate­board­ers that I know, of which my grand­son is one, are nice young peo­ple, with good man­ners to boot. We just have to let them know we ap­pre­ci­ate them and sup­port their sport.

Th­ese skate­board parks tell them this. I would sug­gest to the pub­lic to take a mo­ment and visit the parks to watch th­ese per­form­ers. The tal­ent is in­cred­i­ble.

One last word here — hel­mets are a must. Con­cus­sions in young peo­ple are on the rise. An ounce of preven­tion is worth a pound of cure.

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