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Too Many Fools

Monday, June 28
In the past week or so, the skatepark has been getting on the bad side of one of the neighboring business's. With all of the work that has been started lately to get everything cleaned up and fixed, you would think that they would be pleased. But, our neighbor sees it differently. The problem seems to be that the fence that runs along the top of the elbow and along the side of the pyramid has been torn down. Also, one of the "No Parking" signs had been painted over when the park was painted a couple of weeks ago.

I can understand why they would be upset about the fence. I think that they paid for it to be installed a number of years back since that side of the park borders their property. I think it was for liability issues. But what they don't understand is that the fence had deteriorated into a death trap for anybody not paying attention. If you weren't paying attention you could end up with a pipe in the forehead. The fence was torn down to be replaced, at the skateparks expense, with a safer, new fence. Unfortunately, the fence was taken down a bit earlier than the money or supplies could be rounded up. This weekend a few of us put back up about half of the old fence on the top of the elbow. I think that should be good until the new fence is put up in a week or two.

And about the "No Parking" signs, I couldn't really tell what the problem was. One sign was painted over but it was on a side wall that you really never see. The two that are easiest to spot are still intact. So I'm not sure what the deal is but there is one thing that will help.

If the tow truck gets your car lifted it costs something like 75 bucks just to have them set it back down, and that's if they don't speed off before you notice. You've been warned.

What is it with these fools who think it's cool just to do random vandalism? Sometime on Friday, I think, some fools pushed a highway divider off of the ledge above the park into the parking lot below. The divider ended up out far enough from the wall to cause a problem. I recruited the entire park to help try and move it and, I don't know how many people have tried to move a highway divider but they are very heavy, it took about 6 or 7 guys to just stand it up and then we had to try and push it up against the wall. At first we all just tried pushing and pulling it but it wasn't moving. Then somebody found a pole and brought it over and we kind of walked it over by leverage. It got put against the wall and everything should be cool. Whoever pushed it off the ledge is a fool. No matter how hard we try to keep the park and it's surroundings in good shape, there's always the few who are just plain stupid.

Other than all that crap, the skating was good and fast. Just how I like it.

6/28/2004 09:16:00 AM :: ::
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