City must weigh economy when designing skate park
by Chip Latcham
Mar 25, 2009 | 1181 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It appears that most people commenting on our website about the city’s plans to build a skate park are in agreement – that it’s long overdue.

More than 60 young skaters, their parents and supporters gathered at the Beeville Community Center on March 12 to meet with Mayor Pro Tem John Fulghum and City Councilman David Carabajal. At the end of the two-hour meeting, the skaters told the councilmen and skate park supporter Benny Puente what they wanted.

They said they would like to see amenities like concrete bowls, pipes, rails and the like, as well as lighting, concession stand and restrooms. Parents asked for a facility that’s centrally located where police can easily provide security.

These are all well and good, if grants and other outside funding can be found. If not, in the current horrendous economy, the city may have to scale back its plans and consider a skate park that will be well suited for a town our size, without all the bells and whistles that could be found in a Corpus Christi or Houston.

But we should not delay much longer, as it appears that more and more skaters each day are gathering around the city, looking for a safe site to improve their skills and have some fun, without being harassed.

We encourage the City Council to do what it can – while weighing fiscal prudence – to make this dream become a reality for a growing number of our city’s young people. Let’s get them off the streets.
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April 28, 2009
What in the name of money is going on with the comminsers. They want to spend 170.000 making golf course paths who will that benefit, those in public office who golf. Why not use the money to build our kids a skate park? My kids are grown however i'm tired of seeing these kids all over town skating. Give them a place that is safe and secure. Enough is Enough.
April 01, 2009
Great story. Thanks for the support. It is an uphill fight.
March 31, 2009
I encourage all who are in favor of building a skate park for the young and old who enjoy skateboarding to start doing some fundraisers, ask for donations, ask for company sponsorships, you name it. We can't rely on government funds to build what the kids really want. Roll up your sleeves and let's get to work.