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I am writing in opposition to building a skateboard park on the grounds of the Mesa Public Library. I was the library director when we did the planning and programming for the library building. County Council selected that site for the library because it fit in so nicely with the planned historic and cultural environment of the area. I feel a skateboard park on those premises is simply not appropriate to that environment.
The Downtown Master Plan clearly reserves the area across Central Avenue, north of Ashley Pond, as a “historical and cultural district.” The library is an integral component of that cultural district. The planning principles for that district should be respected as adopted. A skate board park hardly fits in as cultural or historic. The DMP also states that all construction in the area should convey the perception of “green, vital, comfortable and safe.” A skate board park would not be consonant, in any way, with that perception.
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