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I would like to express my support for the planned skateboard park in front of Mesa Public Library. Our Comprehensive Plan, adopted by our county council in 2005, includes 14 directives. Two of those are to enhance youth activities and to improve recreation. The development of a downtown skateboard park would address these directives and go a long way in showing that our community values our youth and recognizes their needs.
I work downtown and have noticed the many young people gathered in the parking lots to practice their tricks. Skateboarding is a true performance art. It is also a very physical activity and a hobby that requires a lot of patience and persistence in addition to talent. It seems to me this is exactly the type of activity for our kids that we ought to encourage.
And what better way to show them we support them than to provide an accessible place for them to gather, exercise and perform.
I have visited "urban skateparks" in a number of large cities and they are very attractive plazas, set in prominent downtown locations. The fact that so many cities are devoting resources, including their prime downtown land, to developing skateboard parks tells me these parks are not luxuries but they are addressing needs in all these communities.
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