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Making the case for a downtown skate park

Dear Editor,

While I may be more known for wakeboarding, I do skate to keep my balance in the winter.

I think that Pitts Street and Sweetwater are great for baseball, but if there is going to be a skate park, it needs to be on Railroad Street. If you go down Railroad Street, there are two huge concrete lots near Briarpatch Gifts. I know one of them is going to be used for parking for the new courthouse, but why not take the other one, re-concrete the lot? It would be a great location for the skate park.

I feel that if the park is built at Sweetwater, it's too far out of reach for most of the kids that skate in Thomson. Almost all of them walk to skate downtown. Some of them already use those lots. I know I do because there is a lip in the concrete, and it's a great way for me to keep the feeling going up a wake.

In front of the new courthouse would also be a safer location for the people skating and for the downtown area. I know that there have been a few problems reported with kids downtown getting on roofs and committing acts of vandalism. However, the new courthouse will certainly bring an increased law enforcement presence to the area, so that should alleviate any concerns about skater supervision. (And that doesn't include the increased video security that surely is part of the courthouse plans.)

I appreciate our local officials for providing a skate park in our community. I just don't know why one of those empty lots downtown can not be used for some good.

Josh Galbreath


Web posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009

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