Skate Park Design Party

by Staff on May 24, 2007 · 49 comments

in Local

Just a reminder that the “Skate Park Design Party” will be going on tonight starting at 6pm, just behind City Hall if I understand correctly. If you have children who do (or would) hang out there, I’d encourage you to attend and take them with you.

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haha true but it did sound so nuts that it would be odd or someone to make that up

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why would you buy an autographed picture of krystal on ebay?

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Yes, that was her. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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Hey, how do we know this last reply was from the REAL Krystal Slaten? I once bought an autographed picture of Krystal from eBay, and I recently learned it was a fake. So I won't fall for that again!

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There's a City Council meeting this coming Monday night. 7pm, I believe, at City Hall. You should show up, seriously. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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I dunno, I can't completely agree with all of that. While I agree that everything starts at home, it's impossible for parents to be able to supervise every moment of the day. My mother -- like many other mothers in Mitchell -- was raising me by herself and had to work. When she wasn't working and I wasn't at school, who was supervising me? Nobody. The same goes for many other kids out there, and not just in Mitchell. Studies show that children are most at risk during the hours after school -- the time of day when juvenile crime triples and children are most likely to be involved in risky behavior. Even if unsupervised kids are not getting into trouble, they are oftentimes at home eating, playing video games or watching TV. These kids are not benefiting much from time spent alone. (Jackson, Maggie, "Now What?" Working Mother magazine, October 2003, 43.) Surely you're not suggesting that all single mothers who can't supervise their children for a few hours a day (because they have to work) quit their jobs and begin receiving public assistance? That's the only way that many of them could provide complete supervision of their children. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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"Mitchell has always had a great youth"?? Do you have any idea what the drop out rate at the high school is, or how many of Mitchell's under-18 citizens either have been, currently are, or will end up on probation for getting in trouble? You *HAVE* to have something for the kids to do. To me it seems like a very good investment. They want to ride their skateboards? Fine, let's give 'em a place to do that. The way it is now -- with the ordinances prohibiting skateboards -- will only end up with those kids getting in trouble. They're going to do it anyways. It may be a bad analogy, but look at all the abstinence programs the federal government has sponsored. Have they been successful? Nope, cause the kids are gonna do it anyways. I have no problem expecting results from the City leaders. Perhaps it will give them something to work towards. After all, we've expected nothing from them for this long -- and that's exactly what we've gotten. By the way, you seem to also think that your taxpayer dollars are going to be paying for this -- that's not true. While the Mayor has offered up Ms. Ruzicka's time as a resource for this project, the City isn't going to be paying for the park. I wish you had attended the Design Party meeting last week, you would already know this. The only way this project is going to happen if is the kids and -- more importantly -- the adults get together to make it happen. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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Heh, thanks. Glad to hear it. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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We don't need a poll for that! The water rates do seem extremely high, though. Ours was usually $32.80/mo., with a few exceptions. That was for two adults (and two dogs) and we take long showers and wash a load or two of clothes a day. The rates being charged by the City completely surprised me, but they "need" that building downtown and the money had to come from somewhere... -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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Let's go! They'd probably try to get us all for rioting or some stupid shit like that. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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I'm not aware of any City funds that have been earmarked for this project. As I understood it, the money would have to be raised in order for this project to be completed. -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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Yeah, exactly my point. When I first found out they passed that ordinance, I was tempted to go out and buy a couple cheap skateboards then just ride them up the sidewalk and wait for 'em to come and take 'em. Let 'em give me a $5 fine, wait for 'em to leave, then go get the next skateboard out of my vehicle... -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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Perhaps I should invest in a skateboard and start hanging out downtown. It's only a $5 fine. =) -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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Agreed... I did see at least one parent there, but I don't believe she was really involved. I got there a few minutes late myself (left work at 5pm, had to run home, and try to get there by 6pm) but I caught most of it. I, myself, hope to get involved, but there's only so much resources I can devote, due to everything else I've involved with. The plans look good (I'm hoping for an electronic copy soon), and they had a number of layouts they could go with -- they left the choice up to the kids who, as you might imagine, opted for the most expensive one. Total price, according to Jennifer Ruzicka, roughly $100,000. On a good note, however, if they were to purchase all of that, the company is going to throw in an extra $25,000 worth of equipment, available through some grant. It's supposed to have a 20-year warranty as well -- definitely a good thing, since I can see the kids putting it through hell. Ironically enough, after the meeting was mostly over, the kids drifted away and congregated near the sidewalks with their skateboards. While doing tricks and riding up and down the sidewalk, Mayor Chastain said nothing. Didn't he and the Council approve an ordinance recently making that illegal? =) -- Webmaster, Mitchell News

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