City Council Says Who Cares To Skateboarders

by The Editors on April 24, 2008

Thanks to a planned public works center and police and fire training facility (that will be built on the land currently occupied by the Carlsbad Skateboard park) there is some worry that skateboarders will have no park at all until the new park at the Alga Norte is completed, according to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times. But don’t expect the Carlsbad City Council to care.

The City Council unanimously decided Tuesday that it does not want to find an alternate location for the Orion Way skatepark, since Alga Norte is opening soon. The council will revisit whether the city needs two skateparks —- as some skateboarding enthusiasts have suggested —- after Alga Norte opens.

When a location in the Calavera Hills Park site was suggested for a possible interim or second skateboard park Council member Ann Kulchin threw this idiotic line into the discussion: “There’s a lot of residences there,” she said. “I’m not sure they would welcome a skatepark.”

Carlsbad was the home of the world’s first concrete skatepark, it is the birthplace of modern skateboarding (and the industry that surrounds it) and yet this is the kind of response we get from our City Council. It’s pathetic. Truly.

[Link: North County Times]

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BduB April 24, 2008 at 11:13 am

Maybe we should propose a skatepark at grand proportions for the sole reason to lure tourist. The City could sell merchandise with embroidered palm trees and skateboards and also have on-site residences to be bought. That should satisfy the sagging pockets of our council…

…lame right? So is our city council!!!

Sick of the old geezers April 25, 2008 at 12:45 am

Ann Kulchin really means, “It isn’t something that developers are asking for, and they are the ones lining our pockets, so we won’t approve it!” Sad, but the City Council cares only about developers and a few cronie residents. The kids up in Calavera would love a skate park and it would give them something to do. And you have a great point about this being the birthplace of modern skating. Give me a break, Council!!

sk8r August 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Rodgers for City Council

Tony Hawk should endorse her.

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