In regard to the article on Aug. 22 about the skate park.
The whole tone of the article is disheartening. Terms like foul-mouthed skaters, and kids being dragged from the playground clearly denote the "unbiased" writer's attitude.
First off, the bike issue. The problem is that we dangled a carrot in front of the kids' noses by almost giving them a bike track, but when we adults saw that it was going to take time and money, we quit. So then we built a skate park, a nice one, and found out that we might actually have to supervise it. The article says "bikes are strictly prohibited." If it's so strict, then why not enforce it?
I have spent many hours down there with those kids, and they have finally found a way to have bikes, boards and blades all in there together. And what do we want to do? Move it or close it. I also know that most adults don't like the way these kids dress. Oh, how soon we forget. These are, for the most part, good kids (who are) just trying to get by and have some fun. I, for one, can think of a whole lot of worse things that these kids could be doing other than skating. It's a sport!
One other reason cited was bad language. I was bowling, and the people in the next lane were drunk, loud and cursing up a storm. So, do you close the bowling alley? Ever been on the school campus during school hours? Do we close the schools, too?
As for the church group that had to leave. I apologize for my brothers in Christ. Funny how a church in Mesa called just yesterday, wondering if they could come up and witness to the many kids who use this facility.
The point I'm trying to make is that we need to do whatever it takes to make this work. And begin to break the precedent of quitting on our kids, in the name of caring for our kids.
Ken Schroth, Payson