Editorial: Skate or …

Like Trail and Nelson—who recently broke ground on a new park after years of deliberation—Rossland's park has been booted around for years.

For years West Kootenay communities have grappled with the idea and placement of skateboard parks in the midst of municipal boundaries.

Like Trail and Nelson—who recently broke ground on a new park after years of deliberation—Rossland’s park has been booted around for years.

Maybe it is a more difficult concept to comprehend locating a park of any size in the land poor areas like Rossland, but to have a community of this size and no skateboard park available for local people to congregate in and ride is a travesty.

Perhaps it is the “not-in-my-backyard” syndrome, with the parks having a reputation that is unwarranted.

Or maybe it is the cost of such a park, usually in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to pull off a decent and aesthetically pleasing park.

But the time has come to put the skateboard park back on the front burner. It needs to be a priority of the powers that be so that another generation of young skaters does not grow up without a place to ride.

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