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A rally has been held last Sunday, April 26 at Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant Skate Park to protest its potential removal.
A boisterous crowd of skateboarders, young and old, had gathered in a last-ditch effort to try to save the facility.
The protest was made because of the Park Board’s intent of either downgrading the park to a lower difficulty level or removing it entirely, due to complaints from neighbours about noise and presence of older late-night crowd.
Vancouver Skateboard Coalition‘s Jeff Cole had something to say regarding the complaints.
“You can’t see into the skateboard park late at night, There’s no lights here. There’s no one hopping the fence to skateboard,” he said, adding that it’s normal for people to be at the park at night as it happens at every park across the city.
As Mount Pleasant Skate Park is a community resource used by people of all ages, he believes that removing it would be a big loss for the youth.
Another protester, an 11 year old skateboarder, Theo Caseley agreed with Cole’s assessment, saying that the park serves as the hangout place for riders of different ages to interact with each other, and that it’s where beginners can learn from veteran riders for skateboarding tips.
Other protesters suggested that instead of removing the park, they should resort to putting up noise barriers so as not to disturb the peace and quiet.
Fortunately, at the moment, the Vancouver Park Board decided to postpone the decision regarding the fate of the park.
Til then, the skateboarders have time to convince the board to leave the park alone.
But whatever the decision will be, let’s hope that it will be both to the park’s and skateboarders’ favor.