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Re: “Downtown skatepark enters design phase

Jaxx, did you read everything that I wrote? I'm not sure you read my whole piece. As for football stadiums, they are centered around an organized sport where spectators come to watch, generating revenue for the entire area surrounding it. Skateparks do not generate any income for the area, but you think spending 2 million is okay? Also, the area at meeting st and huger is not an ideal place for children or teens to be hanging out. I know charleston is trying very hard to rebuild king st and slowly make all of downtown a place to love and live, which i love everything that had been happening with that project since i do live downtown, but the fact is that the area they want to build is not where I would let my children go to hang out. I think the area, time and money spent on this project needs to be reevaluated. And again Jaxx my poor dear, we all have our own options and thoughts so lets be more democratic about this, not immature and spiteful.

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Posted by eliz.flowers on June 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Downtown skatepark enters design phase

For over 100 videos of skate park fights, please go to YouTube and just type it in. It is rediculous that people film these, much less are laughing in the background.
This was quoted from the Tony Hawk Foundation that out of a survey of 100 officers, “95% of police officers reported no major crimes occurring at skate parks in their community”. Unfortunately, 95% isn’t 100% (it comes up 5% short). This is similar to an airline stating that 95% of their flights don’t crash – implying “only” 5% do crash. I also certainly would not want to hear “95% of spokespersons reported no major leaks occurring at oil rigs in their area”. (Most of us know what far less than a 1% failure has done.) The quote from the Tony Hawk Foundation is actually a VERY disturbing stat in that it reveals 5% of police officers reported that major crimes actually occurred at skate parks in their community … that there are those who don’t play by the rules and commit major crimes at skateboard parks. As a contrast, I doubt that public swimming pools or public tennis courts in any location have anywhere near this problem rate. I would hope that the major crimes at such facilities are essentially 0%. So that would imply that skateboard parks have MANY times the problem rate of some other facilities. To continue quoting from someone who was trying to convince the general public of the advantage of bringing in a skateboard park by mentioning “favorable” skateboard stats from the Tony Hawk Foundation, “Once a skateboard park is built, 47% said there was an overall decrease in youth crime.” This infers that a majority of officers (53%) either said that implementing a skateboard park made no overall difference or there was actually an overall INCREASE in youth crime. That is also not encouraging and would discourage the building of a skateboard park anywhere. Why pay out two million dollars for something that statistically doesn’t reduce youth crime, but may actually even increase youth crime?
Two million dollars is a lot of money to spend on a skateboard park that will always be a financial burden rather than an economic generator. An inappropriate site selection can easily further turn that two million dollar expense into a money pit that draws criminal elements that in-turn can also impact nearby structures.

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Posted by eliz.flowers on June 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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