City: Might Have To Destroy Skateboard Park

Some skateboarders in Greenville are hoping to save a small skate park they say they built with their own hands.

The independently built park located near the corner of Jarvis and Willow Streets started up about 4 years ago. Now the City of Greenville might have to destroy the park. Public works Director Wes Anderson says the lot used by skateboarders was purchased with federal mitigation funds as a result of Hurricane Floyd, and only the federal government can authorize changes to it.

Zachary Parkerson helped build the park and hopes it doesn't have to be destroyed.
"We have been very willing to cooperate with the city on making all of these things happen and legitimizing the spot. We really want this to be a cooperative effort with the city and have this become a legitimate skate park," said Parkerson.

Public Works says if it can't get authorization from the federal government, then the park will have to be removed.


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  • by coreydeal Location: pinetops, nc on Nov 26, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    it's rediculous to tear down something skateboarders built with their own hands and have agreed to the town's rules and stuff like that. if they tear it down then they're just making a mistake all the cops get mad for us skating at buisness places and malls and stuff like and with a skatepark they don't have to worry about that, but whatever let them do what they wanna do. were still going to skate no matter what.
  • by jordan harris Location: greenville on Nov 21, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    this whole thing is just one big mistake, they are going to use our tax money to tear down something skaters built out of their own pockets, if they wont let us skate their its not like we are going to stop skating, our only option would be to street skate, (which they complain about), now why are you going to tear down a park where we are completely out of the way, disturbing noone, and causing no harm? I think that we need a petition to keep jarvis alive, or at least to get a replacement park where skaters can do their sport without being harrassed by the police
  • by Scott Location: Seattle, WA on Nov 20, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Property Owner: I think you raise some valid points for skaters to consider. But I also believe this situation was created through a series of steps where the "owners" of this "land" didn't have a "process" to "serve" the "needs" of the "people" who "live" there. I believe this because it happens over and over again in skateparks throughout the US. These "people" are also serving the "needs" of the "land" itself, and have now become its "stewards" through their own "actions." None of this computes with our current way of thinking, which is why I insert all the quotes above - the system simply does not "see" things as they are. I recommend that a small group of representatives from the skatepark make contact with the actual case worker whose job is to "manage" this land, pack all these well-reasoned arguments into an easy-to-understand position, present it, and see where things go from there. Good luck! Scott Shinn, Director, Parents for Skateparks, www.parents4sk8parks.org
  • by Peter Location: Tacoma, WA on Nov 19, 2010 at 09:40 PM
    Consider these factors: • Local youth show initiative and commitment to charitable work by building something for their whole community to use. (That should be rewarded!) • Same youth engage positively with public agencies to protect the community asset. (That too should be rewarded!) • The facility in question is well-used and gets kids off their Playstations and outside exercising. • The construction, materials and maintenance to operate this popular facility are all donated! (Excellent!) I would like to see some elected officials take a step forward and show the kind of initiative the skaters have and help protect their hard work. Peter Whitley Director, Skaters for Public Skateparks www.skatepark.org
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM
    Start a petition for a new skatepark. If Washington can get a park, why not Greenville? When they tear down Jarvis (which they will), the city should at least provide a place for skaters to go. If Greenville doesn’t have a skatepark, it is a skatepark!
  • by Tyler Hagen Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    To Chet and Property Owner: This isnt an issue of someone not asking for permission and feeling bad because the city is righting a wrong. If the city won't allow another location, what is the harm in what there is at jarvis? The ramps there were built solely from the pocket of the builders and are not funded by any taxpayers. If anything, the taxpayers are paying for the upkeep of a nearly useless spot. Before the ramps were built, there was nothing but beer bottles and trash. What would the difference be in the city tearing that down to build a park elsewhere? Instead, they could save us all some time and allow skaters to keep the spot, without using your tax money to tear it down.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    I hope they don't tear it down. If they do tear it down, I may need the wood for heat. If the government keeps up the good work anyways.
  • by bill on Nov 17, 2010 at 04:54 PM
    A petition with signatures can't hurt, sign me up for approval.
  • by Skateboarder supporter for years Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    Thank you Virginia, there is a "Santa Claus" ! What I mean is someone with common sense and right on the money. So if FEMA allows for recreation purposes, and it is deeded to the city and can be leased for $1 per year, I will pay $50 or $100 for the lease. (For those with "fuzzy math" that means it can be used for 50 or 100 years as recreational. These great skateboarders just want to keep their sport and enjoy an area they helped clean up and keep the drugs and drunks from the area. To Virginia and the rest of you, all of my son's skateboard friends are the nicest, polite, and caring individuals I know. Again go back and read what Virginia said who lives in the neighborhood. Why can't Greenville City Management get this cleared with the Government? Geez it's the flood plain and nothing else can be put there. These individuals are to be commended to clean up an area, enjoy their sport, and bring friendliness, and responsibility to the neighborhood. It really isn't a liabiilty!
  • by Dimitri Location: GREENville on Nov 17, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Just anwser this one question.. Where are the skaters gonna skate if there is no skate park?? They aren't going to stop skating.
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