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The negative publicity and widespread misinformation surrounding the new downtown skate park is unfortunate for many reasons, most importantly because it gives the appearance that this is a divisive issue for our community.
The truth is that there is just a handful of vocal opponents to the skate park.
They have managed to convince many of the residents of 2500 Central and Oppenheimer Place that a skate park downtown near the library would reduce their property values and threaten their way of life, and there is simply no basis for these fears.
The claim that the handling of this project has been “a demonstration of clout and influence” is absurd.
In the FY 2005 budget, adopted over four years ago, $500,000 in Capital Improvement Project funds were allocated for a new skate park to replace the closed skate park on Canyon Road.
In 2006 and 2007, locations and styles for this park were investigated by an ad hoc group, initially consisting of youth, the Los Alamos Police Department, and the county parks division.
Multiple sites and design options were considered. There were innumerable public meetings for planning and commentary.
In June of 2007, the site near Mesa Library was recommended to council, extensive public comment was heard and the site was unanimously approved by County Council.
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