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« on: March 24, 2010, 01:51:41 PM »

http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2010/03/24/news/doc4ba96e2739c12324536682.txt

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2010, 02:00:34 PM »

"SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skateboarders hoping to catch "big air" in Saratoga this summer will have to look elsewhere as the East Side Recreation Field skate park’s concrete bowl was closed Tuesday, after an excavator filled the bowl with dirt, making it inaccessible.

The city declared the bowl a liability because of structural damages caused by power washing used to remove graffiti, according to city Director of Risk and Safety Marilyn Rivers.

"The bowl suffered some structural gaps," Rivers said, "and there was a bad case of vandalism and graffiti."

The graffiti was removed because it made the bowl’s surface slick, which was also a liability.

Mayor Scott Johnson cited the city’s struggling finances as another reason for the closure. The city does not have the funds to repair the bowl and paid skate guards were cut from this year’s budget, creating an even greater liability. A "skate at your own risk" policy is being considered this season for areas of the skate park that are still accessible.

"We do not have the finances presently to staff the skate park for supervision purposes," Mayor Scott Johnson said.

The 8-foot-deep, 23-foot-wide, 37-foot-long bowl was opened in 2003 at a cost of $25,000 to the city, including $3,000 donated by Stewart’s Shops. The city has spent more than $200,000 on the park since it’s opening in 1989.

Sam Batterson, owner of Rhode Island-based skate park design firm Breaking Ground, was brought in to design and build the bowl with the goal of making it the best in the state.

"It’s pretty sad," Batterson said Monday, adding that he couldn’t imagine that any damage from either washing or graffiti could make the bowl unsafe.

"I’ve seen bowls all over the world, half of which are completely covered in graffiti, and they skate fine," he said.

"That’s a real shame," said Cam Anderson, manager of The Shelter Skatepark & Shop in Albany. "That was probably one of the best concrete bowls in 100 miles." A Facebook group dedicated to preserving the park had more than 250 fans Monday afternoon.

The park has a history of disrepair stemming from its initial wooden construction. The bowl replaced a wooden half-pipe that was deemed unsafe after years of deterioration from use and weather.

In 2004, Allerdice Hardware, Copeland Coating Co., Quality Hardware and Stewart’s donated $6,500 in goods and services to keep the park open.

Tom Mailey of Stewart’s Shops said Monday the company doesn’t want to second guess the city’s process and they hope the city made the right decision.

A1 Power Washing Services of Middle Grove donated $3,200 in labor to power wash the graffiti in 2009, and AFSCO Fence Co. charged the city a reduced rate to build a fence around the bowl.

In 2001, the park produced $7,000 in revenue through the sale of daily, weekly and seasonal passes. Attendance slipped in following years, and the park has operated in a deficit since its record season. The park was considered for closure during budget discussions at the end of last year.

Recreation Department Director Linda Terricola did not return calls for comment by press time Tuesday."
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2010, 02:02:33 PM »

"The city has spent more than $200,000 on the park since it’s opening in 1989."

SAY WHAT?
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2010, 02:11:50 PM »

probably mostly on pad nannies to hassle the kids.

and i'm guessing that the pressure washing company they used was 1)related to someone in the park and rec department. and 2) very expensive.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2010, 03:12:10 PM »



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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 04:09:29 PM »

[img width= height=]http://images.townnews.com/saratogian.com/content/articles/2010/03/24/news/doc4ba96e2739c12324536682.jpg[/img]
That's pretty depressing.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 04:24:52 PM »

looks like they are the ones killing skateboarding.
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010, 06:59:30 PM »

"The city has spent more than $200,000 on the park since it’s opening in 1989."

SAY WHAT?

Yes I know its hard to stomach!
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010, 08:12:28 PM »

on a brighter side, they now a really big flat gap
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2010, 08:23:38 PM »



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that does look like the shit though
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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2010, 07:48:33 AM »

The justification provided by the city sounds like a completely crock of shit.  Granted I have no idea what the condition of the bowl was but to blame graffiti for a slick surface that causes liablity and power washing for destroying concrete is like blaming your car for driving you into a pole (if it's not a Toyota).

I thought the whole liability issue was over with the "At your own risk" legislation that spread from Claifornia across the rest of the US in the 80s-90s and is creditied for the whole boom in public skateparks?  Sounds like the city is behind the times or some fat fuck just wanted to close the fucker down to minimize the tomfoolery.

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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2010, 01:14:33 PM »

that "at your own risk" legislation you speak of is NOT from california, its from the real home of the skatepark boom, oregon.

california is one of the most sue-happy states in the union.
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2010, 02:23:45 PM »

so...they hire a pressure washing company, that company does a shitty job and somehow destroys the concrete...and then they just fill it in?  Isn't this what suing is supposed to be for?

the Northampton MA park mentioned in the comments is the local one here too and they're right that its actually a good example of a well run park, its well kept up and there's no pad nannies or cops, no stupid liability laws.  Works great.
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2010, 02:28:02 PM »

that "at your own risk" legislation you speak of is NOT from california, its from the real home of the skatepark boom, oregon.

california is one of the most sue-happy states in the union.
This is yet another reason why I hate California and love Oregon. When you grow up somewhere you have to worry about getting a ticket for no pads(I think it's like $150 or something) and you also have to worry about getting a ticket for skateboarding at night(that ones only in the city I grew up in, not sure if it's everywhere else).
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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2010, 02:59:17 PM »

I'd bet there would not be any skate related tickets in CA if the state wasn't in a gazillion dollar deficit.

Legalize weed, and we shall all skate for free.
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