Rossland Walkabout with Canuck Blue

There are some of the reasons why we need an indoor or outdoor area for skateboarders to do their thing—not hitting innocent bystanders.

With summer in full swing, the young people are out with their longboards/skateboards, bikes and razor scooters.

These young people don’t care about the pedestrians walking on the sidewalks and almost hitting the elderly with them.  Also, I see these same ‘boarders go down Washington or Spokane at breakneck speeds, not stopping at corners and almost getting hit by traffic.

These are some of the reasons why we need an indoor or outdoor area for them to do their thing—not hitting innocent bystanders or killing themselves for the ultimate adrenaline high.

The other day a young biker hit a friend’s mom as she was crossing the street as she was going to the post office.

A person asked her if she was okay and she said that the biker has to pay attention to the surroundings and not hit the pedestrians.

I agree for what she said and I almost got hit by a few bikers myself and I was cursing at them, which is a rare thing for me to do in public.

Where is this skate park that these people are promised? I remember that the arena was used for that during the summer a few years ago as a makeshift park. After that one time, what happened? It stopped.

That was a great idea to have for them and it was air conditioned as well. Have the arena open every day in the summer except when a roller derby event or fall fair happens in the summer and early fall.

On my exploits to Fruitvale or Castlegar, I see that they have a skate park for them.

Also, we have a bike park down in Lower Rossland and not one in Upper Rossland. It is not fair that Upper Rosslanders have to travel by car or by bike to the one in Lower Rossland and waste their time.

I think we need an outdoor bike park in Upper Rossland either at the old Emcon lot, if it can be allowed, or near the community garden so the Upper Rosslanders can save some time and be near their homes. Granted, Upper Rossland does have bike trails but so does Lower Rossland.

The Upper Rosslanders need to save time and they need to have their own bike park to have fun on.

Canuck Blue is a born and bred Rosslander whose opinion appears monthly in the Rossland News. He is the voice of the voiceless in the Golden City.