Is there any way funds can be "raised" to build a park somewhere....?
Thanks for the link Chris.....
I understand that Magnolia Company owns the land though purchase. Can I assume they are now responsible for the clean up of the contamination in question? Now that it is made public knowledge of the waste, there is another issue bigger than the skate park.... if it involves harm towards OTHERS in the community. Will people involved in any "urban mixed use development" be informed of any hazards on the land? Is it just an "oops" that is going to be over looked? How will this be tracked? Morals/ethics regarding the lack of harm towards others should over ride any signed documents that may not be fully understood by any occupants/workers on the land in the future if they should get ill from lingering contamination.
I'm curious about the "contamination" of the land. Sounds like it may actually be a "waste" land..... Was Magnolia Company in part responsible for the damage? If not.... who was?..... The paper mill? I'm sure any "contamination" from the factory or "dirty" business dealings are much more damaging to Charleston, SC than any good willed person on a skateboard. Anyone with good business sense could see the potential for enhancing the community.... Why was this shut down so hard? Where exactly is the "harm" coming from?
The skill, ingenuity and service of the creators of this skate park are to be praised for their good intentions and contribution to the Charleston community. I see a healthy display of craftsmanship and effort in a direction to make an outlet for a SPORT..... as opposed to a CRIME. It is more than unfortunate that the labels of "bad" or "harm" are associated with the sport of skateboarding. This is something that has to be seen differently. It's more of a STEREOTYPE that needs to be broken apart..... as opposed to a SKATE PARK being broken apart. There is no need for skaters to "wear" the label of "criminal" and play the "good guy/bad guy" game. Most of the skaters I know are better and brighter than that ;). The issue of property ownership/ use is still to be debated here.... however, I hope that the attention brought to this healthy need/desire to practice this challenging and admirable sport are to be recognized by the whole of Charleston. Thanks to Charleston City Paper for bringing it to light. ( How many of you out there played baseball or roller skated in the street growing up... or went swimming in the ocean?..... All were "risks" - not crimes..:)
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