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Officials discuss skatepark at meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Brazil City Parks Board and the Brazil City Council conducted a joint meeting to discuss with the public and representatives of the Clay Community Skatepark Committee (CCSC) concerning issues with the skatepark.

CCSC representative Roberta Weliever gave an update to the board on the money raised by the committee and to ensure appropriate steps are being taken for the transportation and the installation of the equipment.

Forrest Sherer Insurance Personal Lines Vice President Chris Reynolds said the information presented by Weliever calmed the worries of the insurance company.

"We are very satisfied with what we have seen tonight and as long as everything will be professionally installed with the correct insurance and not done by volunteers, then insurance should not be a problem," he said. "I would recommend disclaimers being posted about not having communication at the location."

Brazil City Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries asked Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer to address members of both boards and the public because officers will be involved if crime occured at the skatepark. Archer commented on his recent phone calls with the chiefs of police in Danville and Greencastle.

"Danville had issues with graffiti, drinking, drugs, and they became tired of constantly battling the problems," he said. "Greencastle told me they constantly have calls concerning drugs, fighting and underage drinking."

Archer agreed children of the community needed someplace to go but parental supervision was key.

Though Weliever and other members of the audience believe the reason why Danville had so many problems was because the skatepark was in an isolated location and though Archer agreed she could be right, he was adamant that just because it is a skatepark doesn't mean only skaters will be there, and again stressed parental supervision as well as the responsibility of the skaters.

One resident from the area where the skatepark is proposed to be located spoke about her displeasure with the location.

"I speak for myself when I ask the park board to reconsider putting the skatepark at Craig Park," Brazil resident Andrea Baysinger said. "I think that there is a more appropriate location that is not at Craig Park."

Though Jeffries, Vice-President Todd Brackman and Secretary Carolyn McCullough are still undecided, Treasurer Linda Messmer is against having the skatepark in the city parks but not the city. After reading a 31-item list from a member of the Danville Parks Board about the illegal activities taking place, she wanted to explain why she felt the way she felt.

"I am not against skate boards, or skate boarders but the skatepark itself seems to be a draw for negative elements and my job as a Park Board member is to have the best interest of the parks and the community," she said. "Eventually, something is going to break or have to be maintained and this board cannot afford it."

Members of the community disagreed with Messmer.

"We have those problems now in our community and it is a part of the culture in today's society," CCSC representative Brian Atkinson said. "Please do not focus on the negative when making this decision, because those people that do that are already in this town."

Cost is one critical item to the parks board Jeffries stated, it is the vandalism and graffiti that costs them money. In previous meetings board members have read reports to budget at least $5,000-$6,000.

"We are operating on a very limited budget and every time something is damaged, we have to repair or replace it," she said. "This is city property and we have to be concerned."

Jeffries was able to elicit the only reaction from the council when she explained the cost and the possibility of needing money.

"The reason that the council is here is because they have to accept our budget and they need to be aware that we may need more money to maintain this," Jeffries said.

Even though the Danville Parks Superintendent told Weliever there is little or no upkeep to the equipment or the concrete pad on which the equipment will sit, the board is planning for the worst but hoping for the best.

"If we cannot maintain the skatepark or if it is vandalized and we have the police called a lot, then it is within our right and duty to close it for an extended period of time whether it is for one week or two," Jeffries said.

Weliever said depending on funding the soonest the skatepark could be in place would be October or November and the latest would be next spring.

Before the city council adjourned their portion of the meeting, Messmer made one last comment.

"At the next meeting of the Brazil City Parks Board, I will probably make a motion to resend my vote for the skatepark," she said.

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Why don't they have a grand opening and charge people a small fee to come and graffiti the skatepark? This would give the park a unique look and could bring forth some unexpected talent that might otherwise be put to ill use. The city could then put the money in a fund for future skatepark repairs.

-- Posted by Larah1 on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 11:40 PM

I agree with Andrea. The skate-park should not be constructed in Craig Park. I am not the only one that feels this way...just from what I am reading in the reports, not many want it in Craig Park. It is too isolated (as mentioned about Rockvilles). Asthetically, it makes more since to put it at Forest Park...let the ducks have Craig Park. If left to their own means, there will be alot of illicit behaviors taking place at Craig Park. I don't understand why they are so insistant on the location. Doesn't make scense.

-- Posted by ADJ on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 5:23 AM

I am not against a skatepark. I am glad Craig Park is chosen for the location. Now we can finally have 24/7 police patrols of the park! We need to rethink the placement of speed limit signs on that road, and if the speed limit needs to be that slow, speed bumps need to be installed for everyone's safety. The narrow bridge and the ducks and now the skaters are all hazards drivers will need to be aware of. The road into the park is in need of repair too.

-- Posted by BRAZILNUT on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 8:06 AM

There are already alot of illicit behaviors at Craig Park. Having a skate park there would only deter that. I would much rather see the kids there skating than some of the things that go on there now.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 12:47 PM

Brazil is making a big mistake doing this. I live north of Greencastle and we went to the park in Greenastle to kill an hour for my daughters softball practice. They have two playgrounds and we chose the smaller one due to my son only being 16 months old. Its right by the skatepark and a shelter. It was a Friday night about 5:30pm. Kids in and out in cars squealing tires and yelling, smoking, trash talk, mopeds driving in the grass, picnic tables in the shelter turned helter skelter, obscenities. All the kids were teenagers and there were no kids below 13 (educated guess). It was easy to see why...they would be intimidated if not harrassed by the trashy crowd that gathers there. I saw the Greencastle police drive by twice but they cant sit there at a picnic table and make sure these kids behave so younger children can play as well. The skateboard park is just off 231 by KFC..location does not matter. Im no fan of Greencastle for sure but Danville is getting out of the business for the same exact reason. My hometown in Ohio closed theirs down last summer due to the same reasons. Brazil should heed the warnings from other communities and not delve into this plan. On paper it sounds like an awesome idea but the reality is very different from the plan and its an ugly reality.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 12:53 PM

Funny I have been to the skatepark in G'castle many times with my children and have never seen this. Have you been to any of the other parks around here? That type of thing goes on in all parks. Not just because there is a skateboark area there. Every park in this county is vandalized and has this type of behavior going on in it. Don't blame it just on the skate park.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 1:50 PM

Its not set in stone for being in any park. It may be in a park of it own.Forest Park never! I would never take my family there again if it was. I used to lived in Greencastle, G-boy 2008 knows what he talking about.

-- Posted by donalde on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 2:54 PM

Lets give the kids a chance to prove they are good citizens. If not the skate park can be closed down. This is a choice they would make and this would be their consequence.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 7:21 PM

Why would the Park Board let these kids and the skatepark Comittee do all this fundraising and then tell them no skatepark? By the way has anyone been to the playground in Forest Park and seen the things that go on there?So should we tear down the playground and deprive everyone from the benefits of having it,OR do we monitor it more closely and protect it?I also have been to the park in Greencastle and never had a bad experience,sure ther are your kids everywhere that can cause problems but does that mean punish everyone for it?

-- Posted by myrtle52 on Sat, May 9, 2009, at 4:59 AM

If you see something in any park you should do something. Not doing is just as bad. The skate park will be, but in a park by itself. It may not last long becase of the people who will use it and abuse it. Brazil should be prould of their parks.

-- Posted by donalde on Sun, May 10, 2009, at 7:11 AM

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