Closing Skate Park Is Not The Answer



Re: "Skaters on thin ice" (March 29, Roundup)

There is something very wrong with this picture ... The town spends $88,000 on a state-of-the-art skate park, then just a few years later, they want to do away with it.

The first thought that comes to my mind is where will the legitimate skaters go when the park is closed? Back to Bashas' parking lot, of course. Loud music and vulgar language, well I have had neighbors who caused me the same problems and instead of "doing away with them," I call the police.

Vandalism is a problem everywhere, and part of the problem is that youth in Payson don't have much to do if they don't play soccer or baseball.

Unfortunately, the kids who do skate probably didn't read the March 29 article, and their parents probably won't attend the April 17 meeting at 5:30 p.m.

I have been told that a parents group worked really hard to get this skate park developed. Where are they now? They need to come forward again to help us newcomers to Payson out with this. Let's not punish the legitimate skaters by taking away the park. Let's figure out what to do with the abusers instead. Posting fines is a good start, arranging for a phone line to the police station to report abusers is a good start, changing the fence design to prevent two-wheelers from getting in is a good start.

I just don't know what to think about the 15 picnic tables being replaced ... after the first few disappeared, I would think someone would stop replacing them.

Carol Calhoun, Payson

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