Somebody Get These Kids A Skate Park Already… The Chef Is Not Happy.
Younger generation still need a skate park
The youths of Fulton County have started a Facebook Page to raise awareness that they need a skate park and they need it bad. So bad, in fact, that the group is called Skatepark in Gloversville (or in Johnstown whatever works) . The name lacks originality, but was enough to get our attention. Whatever works. Hmmm. Sounds a little bit redundant, no? I hope you said no. Because those two words prove just how desperate we are as grown ups, to have something for the youth to do around here. Sure, we have great schools, libraries, and clubs. We have Karate, we have the great outdoors. But do we have, Rad? Do we have foundational? Do we have an answer, yet? Are we doing eveything we can to keep our kids happy and motivated? Hey, whatever works now sounds like a great idea!
In the past there have been numerous failed attempts at a skate park. The obvious being the large fenced in black top area behind The Caboose. It felt like someone put the pavement down, fenced it in and said, “There you go kid, now shut up.” The place was lousy. Kids had to bring whatever they could find to use as obstacles. They all failed. Someone even brought down a rusty old half pipe, but it just chipped up and eventually rotted away. Not to mention there were no transitions, no steps, no rails to grind. It was boring. It was pointless. It was unsafe. That’s why it is no longer.
A real skate park looks like the one pictured here. It is professionally constructed. It does have to be managed. I can see it having hours of operation, lights, first aid, running water, and management which could come in the form of volunteering. When I think of the possibilities I think of the old pool across from Dubois Apartments. It already has the framework. Just needs a serious concrete makeover. For the 6 months it would be open, I bet it would pay for itself in a year. Not only in dollars, but the learning experiences gained would be downright fascinating. It gives children a chance to get along with other kids and shows them how to accept others for who they are.
Imagine one of our own youths going to The X Games. Imagine how happy your child would be if he had something to look forward to on Saturday afternoon besides riding his skateboard down the sidewalk , only to hang around 20 other boys and girls who all felt like there’s nothing to do. This is the reality people. I saw it first hand. I experienced it. Sure, you can get into the best colleges through our rich and plentiful academe, but do we have the tools to be individuals?
Who’s your favorite Athlete? “Garrett Reynolds. He has the widest range of tricks.”
What is your best trick? “G-Turn to a Fakie Hop. I can almost land the last part.”
Your favorite subject in school? “Lunch.”
Tell me about your boards hardware. “I’m ridin Tensor mag trucks with 65mm Neff Wheels. I go hard.”
Where do you want to skate next? “I really want to go to Santa Monica, the birthplace of Skateboarding.”