If you build it they will skate

Members of the Richmond skateboarding community have produced an interesting video on the need for the city to have  a  public skate park.

There are a few parks already scattered about the area, but they are horribly maintained according to skaters. In fact, according to the video, the most popular is a secret skate park on the Azalea Mall site called Hippoland that some skaters built for a few hundred bucks. But the lack of quality places where people are allowed to skate often leads to clashes between skaters, property owners and police.  A public park would cut down on that significantly.

Currently a group of skaters are working to build a park at Chimborazo in Church Hill, but the city cut funding for the project. The group is looking for donations here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiwXqVTNJ2k&feature=player_embedded#at=70[/youtube]

What do you think? Should the city step up funding for the project? It does seem to benefit everyone if they do, including business owners who complain about skaters on their property.

Members of the Richmond skateboarding community have produced an interesting video on the need for the city to have  a  public skate park.

There are a few parks already scattered about the area, but they are horribly maintained according to skaters. In fact, according to the video, the most popular is a secret skate park on the Azalea Mall site called Hippoland that some skaters built for a few hundred bucks. But the lack of quality places where people are allowed to skate often leads to clashes between skaters, property owners and police.  A public park would cut down on that significantly.

Currently a group of skaters are working to build a park at Chimborazo in Church Hill, but the city cut funding for the project. The group is looking for donations here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiwXqVTNJ2k&feature=player_embedded#at=70[/youtube]

What do you think? Should the city step up funding for the project? It does seem to benefit everyone if they do, including business owners who complain about skaters on their property.

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Enlightened
Enlightened
12 years ago

A skate park is an outstanding idea. Many citizens are frustrated by the general lack of quality park space and public space in general. Perhaps we’ve cut govt too far. Skating is a recognized sport and so long as injuries are kept to a minimum, it is a great way to stay fit.

A skate park could be built for less than half the cost of building one turn lane on one road. I guess SUVs still rule, and physical activity in parks is a low priority.