Wednesday, October 21, 2009
skate or die
So what first comes to your mind when you think of a skate park?
pretty cool... great place for all those skater dudes to hone in on their skills...
Do you imagine in your mind a skate park to look like this?
Or a place like this???
So I have a cool picture of a skate park in my head...it's the one in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho- it is downtown on a busy street next to the huge Coeur d'Alene park. When I drive past it I always think, "oh that is cool" or I mean "that's wicked" or I mean "that's so sick". I can understand 'wicked' -but 'sick'?...really?...'sick'???
The city/town I live in has plans on building a skate park...about 150-200 yards from my house...and suddenly I wasn't all too fond of wicked cool sick skate parks...
I can picture myself going for walks with my two little toddler girls (who happen to like dolls and dandelions). And as I near the skate park, I see too many cars parked along the street, I see kids with pants down to their knees, I see some bad habits in the young skater dudes, I see my quiet street not being so quiet anymore...I see myself getting really really mad...
I am a mommy. I am a concerned citizen....oh great here April goes again.
So I called City Hall. I told them to build the skate park next to the City Hall building and not in my neighborhood. I was a little upset. I told them it was silly to put a skate park in a residential neighborhood.
I then called the mayor. I asked him how he would feel if there was a skate park going up next to his house? I told him nicely, "Do you even know the demographics of our neighborhood? We are all either young first time home buyers with little children or older folks passed retirement age. Not too many families with skaters live here, but the park will bring more kids, cars, traffic, and punks from outside the city boundaries than within."
Election time is nearing. I told the mayor I wouldn't vote for him unless he promised he wouldn't build a skate park next to my house. I reassured him I could easily get 1000 signatures to protest the park.
2 weeks later I get a call from the mayor. He told me he is deciding to go against the skate park!!!!!! He said it would be expensive to build and not a good environment for a residential area despite what other members of the city council believe. Hello? My words exactly. He then said, "Why don't you come to the next town hall meeting with some ideas of what the city should do with the property instead?"
What did I get myself into now?
ok so if you live near me- please don't laugh at the campaign sign in my front yard...but I am voting for our current mayor this coming election...because he really does listen to the city members...and if you don't want a skate park either you might want to vote for him too...
I wonder if the mayor even has a clue that I am the dorky girl who delivers his paper every morning. oh that makes me laugh...shhhhh
Posted by April at 8:34 PM