Kirk says JJAB took no stand on skate park locale

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By Carol A. Clark

In the discussion of a new skate park in front of Mesa Public Library during Wednesday’s Planning & Zoning meeting, Commissioner Ann Wadstrom described the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board as “the organization pushing for this location...”

JJAB Chairman Alan Kirk takes exception to that characterization saying Wadstrom’s remarks are either “misinformed or the result of a misunderstanding.”

“JJAB had nothing to do, as a board, with the skate park location,” Kirk said during an interview Monday. “Our focus is on ensuring kids get the programs and services they need.”

Council approved the funding for a new skate park back in 2004 for the FY2005 budget, he said, and the project lay dormant until Police Chief Wayne Torpy resurrected it soon after becoming chief in early 2005.

“The county had already started this and what we did discuss was that we felt this was a worthwhile project for the kids but we refused to take a formal position on the location as a board. We encouraged members to talk to the other groups they belong to in support of the project in general,” Kirk said.

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