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We must not let this skate park issue divide our community.
First of all, let me clarify for those of you who think that anyone against the skate park located in front of the library is against the youth of our community. That is not true and not fair. The residents of 2500 Central are not speaking against having a skate park – just not in front of the library.
The library location might mean building some outside bathrooms to accompany this park because the library is not always going to be open during peak park time, like weekends and evenings. There are extra costs and potential hazards that often accompany park bathrooms. We might lose trees since tree roots would be affected by all the concrete and the drainage system. I was surprised when it was voted that the park would close at 9 p.m. every evening, even during the weekends and summer. There are also restrictions about noise and lighting on the library spot because of its proximity to residential areas. I have asked skateboarders and they have expressed this concern. They don’t want it in that location – they just want it NOW! There must be a solution.
The kids need a place to congregate, like a youth activity center. Oh, wait, they already have one, but let’s make it better and add a skate board park to it.
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