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Proposed skatepark finds possible home

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Members of the Clay Community Skate Park Committee gathered at Advance Auto Saturday for a car wash fundraiser. As some children showed off their talents by skateboarded in front of the building, others enjoyed cooling down in the heat while washing the cars. The proposed skate park would be located at Craig Park.
The buzz around town is true; the Clay Community Skatepark has found a home at Craig Park.

"We are so excited, everyone has been working so hard," said Roberta Weliever, a retired Clay Community School teacher. She has been working with former students to get the word out and the community involved.

"This is for our children. They will have some place safe that they can go where they can stay out of trouble and do the something they love, skate," Weliever said.

In a letter that will be sent to local businesses and residents the Skatepark Committee explains the benefit that a skatepark would bring to the community.

Business owners would no longer have to worry about children getting hurt in their parking lots or destroying property.

"It would also attract more people to the community," Weliever said.

The Skatepark Committee held a car wash fundraiser Saturday at Advance Auto with children skateboarding in front of the building. The committee is also looking into fundraisers at Pizza Hut, with a coupon 20 percent of purchases to be donated to the Craig Skatepark on Aug. 22, Sept. 12, Oct. 3, and Oct. 17.

"The kids had a lot of fun raising money for the skatepark," Weliever said Saturday during the car wash.

However, the park is estimated to cost more than $200,000. To make a monetary donation, make checks payable to the Clay Community Parks Association, Attn. Clay Community Skatepark; PO Box 308, Brazil, 47834. Donations of wood, steel, rebar, sand, gravel and concrete mix are also appreciated.

To volunteer, contact Roberta Weliever at rhweliever1@verizon.net or 443-0611.

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"Business owners would no longer have to worry about children getting hurt in their parking lots or destroying property."

Business owners shouldn't have to worry about this at all, and the addition of a skate park is not going to change that. I've seen parents drop off their kids in the parking lots of businesses with "NO SKATEBOARDING" signs posted everywhere. Well, signs WERE posted everywhere until they mysteriously disappeared. Hmmm. I wonder who took them. Besides, most kids are going to skate their way to the park, which means cutting through business parking lots.

So, what's going to change for businesses? Not much.

I am glad, however, that these kids will finally have a place dedicated to the sport they love so much. For that, I am happy.

-- Posted by Civisi on Sun, Jul 27, 2008, at 10:52 PM

I think it's great that the kids will finally have somewhere to go, something to do in Brazil however, I'm concerned about the behavior of the kids that will be there. As the mother of 2 teenagers, one of which is into the skating thing, I see/hear of so many fights and trouble going on between the "skater" group and those not involved in skating. Hopefully it will work out well for all but until I know it's a safe area, I'm not so sure about it.

-- Posted by asil on Sun, Jul 27, 2008, at 11:25 PM

I believe that the way you are protraying these "skater" kids in stereotypical and unfair. How often do people take the time to look into the descrepincies rather than just take the east way out of the situation and blame it on skater kids. I have seen several incidents where kids were blamed just for the simple fact that they were skaters. I believe that the skatepark will be a great help to all the young kids who are growing up and will keep them physically active and give them an alternate to bad behavior. However, a skateboarder only staying in a skatepark is like keeping a dog in a cage. Nothing good is going to come of it. Cars hit parking blocks all the time and mess them up and no big deal is made of the situation. If a skateboarder were to accidently mess up a parking block everyone assumes they are a criminal. The kids are taking the time to raise the money so there is no need to talk down about what they are working hard to do. Dont make it seem ok to be stereotypical.

-- Posted by jhalto on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 10:41 PM

More good will come out of it than bad. These worries and issues have come up in every city that ever built a skatepark. By building a skate park, Brazil is showing that it can make positive steps in youth's lives instead of making a creative activity an illegal activity. Skatepark: love it or hate it, it's a positive thing for the community. Be prepared for the influx of skateboarders. Whenever fresh concrete is poured, road trips get planned.

-- Posted by benjilewis on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 11:30 PM

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