Troy Kelley 
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Re: “Skateboarders Lose to The Man

"It poses a liability", they say. Let's compare the 2 scenarios:

With the skatepark:

Hundreds, if not thousands of kids over the years having a great time being able to skate. Some might litter, some might commit mayhem, but the overwhelming majority of them won't; they'll just skate and leave.

Kids might get hurt skateboarding, as Skateboarding can be a very dangerous sport, especially if you're willing to subject yourself to possible life-threatening injury, for no other reason than to conform. As much as I disagree with this practice, knowing Skaters and having been around them since the 70's, a Skater is probably the LAST person to be litigious, as most Skaters fully accept the inherit dangers of the sport.

Without the park:

The area remains much like all the other remote, dark and isolated areas in Oakland: great places to smoke Crack, Crystal Meth, and/or shoot up Heroin.

The area has a MUCH higher chance, given the almost complete absence of people around, to inspire a whole plethora of convenient, albeit dark and sinister behavior: rape, assault, murder, body-dumping, prostitution, you name it. My guess is the potential mayhem will increase, not go away.

I'm no expert in statistics; studied a little probability theory in college, but I'd have to guess that this place will be just as much, if not more a hotbed of liability, with this skatepark completely torn down, than it would be with it, alive and thriving with activity.

But hey, don't ask me. How would I know what goes on at skateparks?? I've only been to a handful of skateparks:

Healdsburg, Granite - Sacto, Folsom, Stockton, Antioch, Martinez, Sunnyvale, Concord, Walnut Creek, Ripon, Modesto, Livermore, Menlo Park, Santa Cruz - Derby, Santa Cruz - Downtown, Petaluma, Greer Park, St Helena, Napa, Fairfield, Berkeley, Alameda, San Jose, Santa Clara, Fremont, Hayward, SF, Pacifica, Millbrae, Redwood City, San Rafael, Pleasanton - both parks, San Ramon, Lafayette, Benicia, Mipitas Vans, The Block in Orange, Carlsbad, Skatelab, Santa Barbara, Skatestreet, Novato, Greenfield, Ben Lomond, Scotts Valley, Brisbane, Phoenix AZ, Mesa AZ, Apache Junction AZ, Gilbert AZ, Chandler AZ, Glendale AZ, Block 37 - Switzerland.

What would I know?

Skater since 1976


Posted by Troy Kelley on 09/15/2011 at 11:56 AM

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