Greenville Skaters/Bikers Take Advantage Of Jaycee Extreme Park

A local program is helping kids have fun while staying safe.

Greenville Parks and Recreation is holding skateboarding classes for beginners.

At the classes first meeting the little ones couldn't have been more eager to try out their skills.

It's 30 bucks for 8 sessions and only in the second year.

Organizers told us, they don't know if the Olympics played a factor but this year's enrollment spiked about 50 percent.

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  • by MARTY Location: GOLDSBORO on Mar 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    Good job Greenville!!Need any volunteers?I love to watch a kid roll into a transition for the first time.Just to see the rush of emotions from fear to accomplishment to the biggest grin in just two seconds. That is what I love about bmx and skating.When one person has control of him or herself and they can do this with no one holding their hands, they start to think to themselves, I can achieve greater things in life.I helped build that park and moved away 5 years ago AND I really miss the times on deck.Every kid out there had a smile and no one yelling at them to do better other than themself.AND TO THE PARENTS it is not dangerous if you make them wear all the right eguipment.IE helmet, elbo ,knee pads,and mouth guards. Thank you Greenville N.C you are the best hometown around.
  • by Dave Location: An architectual structure on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    The kids who need to go to this park are not the ones going. Nor, will they ever be there.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Concerned... life is full of exciting opportunities that carry risk for injury. Sports like these are incredibly challenging and rewarding, and provide a very fun form of exercise. It's understandable to be worried as a parent, but you need to see things from the other perspective. This book might be a good read for you -
  • by Ignorant People Frustrate Me Location: Winterville on Mar 12, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    I am so sick of people whining about how "dangerous" things are for kids. People like that are why society is the way it is today. Parents shelter their kids from so much that they are scared to take chances in life. You think you are protecting them, but you are severely limiting them and their abilility to reach their full potential in life. I feel sorry for these kids. And I truly don't understand how someone can think that this type of community resource is a waste of money when more of these are desperately needed around here. I guess if it doesn't pertain to fishing or killing harmless animals (aka hunting) then it has to be a waste of resources. GET REAL PEOPLE! There is so much more out there and this place is desperately lacking culture and things for our precious children to do that will keep them on the right path. When children get bored they begin to make bad decisions. I say bring more culture and things like this to Pitt county!
  • by Concerned on Mar 12, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    This park is full of dangers and kids can get seriously hurt.
  • by just a guy on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:09 AM
    well i for one rather enjoyed the skate park as a kid and now my son is enjoying it, i think the programs are great ideas to get the kids outside and doing activities not to mention keeping them from riding there boards and bikes on the road, i could say more but it would get ugly towards DS
  • by MMC on Mar 11, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    How is this a waste of money? If it gives the kids something to do, isn't it well worth the money. If it keeps one kid from getting into gangs and or drugs, is it not worth it? I think it is. I think it is a great idea and I hope it works out for everyone.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    DS you are so wrong! This place as you put it cost almost nothing to put in due to private donations and has served our community children for many years. I agree the proposed repair cost of some of the park is outrageous expensive but that is politics getting little for a lot and pocketing the rest. Go after the politicians and not the park.
  • by hmm on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:12 PM
    DS is right; keeping kids out of trouble and away from drugs is always a waste of money. SHAME ON YOU GREENVILLE!
  • by DS on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    This place is a waste of space and money.

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