Posted by:on December 21st, 2007
This was going to be a thread about the trend of municipalities closing down skateparks when they get tagged as an incentive program to stop vandalism. I was going to highlight that a new nearby park in Vancouver Washington is going to experience such closures:
our park maintenance office has decided to handle graffiti removal at the park the same way Battle Ground does at their skate park – by closing the entire park to all users until all the graffiti is removed. Depending on the severity of the graffiti, this could require several days of closure.
I was then going to ramble on about how it was obviously not the real skateboarders doing the vandalism, most likely kids that were on the periphery that might own a skateboard in the same way they would own a bike or a pogo stick if all their friends had one.
Look at the picture above. It seems like a fun place to skate right? It’s sheltered from the elements, and it’s not even illegal. If that was my local spot I’d want to take care of it, but the Creekside Underground locals are pissing it all away.
While looking for links to support this post I found some info about a situation in Whistler Blackcomb, where skaters had made an underground parking garage into a local skate spot. When officials found out about it, instead of kicking everyone out, they designated the spot as a skate-safe zone, and actually put $6,000 into what is being called Creekside Underground. An additional 10k has been earmarked for Creekside, but locals, including some of the actual skateboarders have been breaking windows and peeing on the signs, just generally blowing it. Now the future of the park is in jeopardy. You can follow the drama at the Whistler Skateboard Association.
In Nova Scotia they had a similar problem when members of a skateboard committee (the skaters charged with stewarding the park) had some sort of altercation or confrontation with community members who were organizing to give the skatepark a facelift.
Warning! Soapbox approaching!
The problem with a lot of the younger generations of skaters is that they’ve had everything handed to them. They’ve never had to fight for anything. Skateboarding has become so mainstream, there’s no barrier to entry, and that’s why we are stuck with so many spoiled brats who don’t know skatepark etiquette and don’t bother to clean up after themselves.
Go ahead fuck-o’s, piss it all away. Just don’t come crying to “the adults” when you have no place to play. And while you’re at it, stay off of my lawn! (Ding dong!) Excuse me, I have to go answer the front door. Oh my! there appears to be some sort of paper bag on fire…
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