Location Chosen for Skateboard Park

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The city of Parkersburg is one step closer to getting a skateboard park.

Members of the public work's committee of the city council met Monday morning to discuss the location where the park will be built.

Committee members agreed on a piece of land on 1st Ave. by the Little Kanawha River.

However, city council still has to vote on the proposed location at their next meeting.


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  • by Fed Up Tax Payer Location: Mid Ohio Valley on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    Skate boarding is a fad that has come and gone over the years. Just as soon as Marietta and Parkersburg get new parks built, they will end up getting tore up and the weeds will grow over and the long-hair-in-their-eyes skate boarders will grow old, get hair cuts and a real job and move on. Then all you have is a run down,fenced in area. Then 10 years from now, another group will come along and want to start all over. All they are, are liability money pits. Wake up city and county governments.....fix our infastructures first, before you throw away MY TAX MONEY !!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2008 at 05:17 AM
    If the mayor is going to spend money for the skateboarders, then start spending money on safe areas to ride bikes (fill the pot holes) walking paths other that the city park. What ever happened to the wildlife are off Fairview Ave. near the Worthington Golf cource? If the long haired skaters can have a place, then why can't us clean cut good guys?
  • by Mega Location: Parkersburg on Oct 21, 2008 at 08:36 PM
    No matter WHERE it is placed, someone (many) will have problems with the location: not close enough, too far, too close to this, too far from that. The fact that it will be placed in a worthless area should make everyone happy, not to mention no one is loosing a home or property with imminent domain bs or wasting a larger chink of the taxpayers money. It is obvious with these kids running out in the roads, parking lots, etc. that one needs built or even an abandoned lot repaved for them - I am personally sick and tired of dodging them!
  • by Casey Location: Parkersburg, WV on Oct 21, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    Hey, I'm glad they are finally putting a skatepark in. This town needs one. I'm a skater and I believe we should have one. Every other town in this whole country has one, but us. It's stupid. So I hope we get one, because if you are tired of hearing us skaters skate down your street, the only way to fix that problem...is a skatepark. If you don't want a skatepark, then I guess you will be hearing more wheels role down your street. =] I guess you will just have to deal with it. If anyone has anything to say to me, just message me on my myspace. www.myspace.com/drummerkid51
  • by ken Location: south parkersburg on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM
    This is the best place for such a waste of money. I personally don't want these kids, most of which are rude, disrespectful, and listen to the nastiest music around, in or near our city parks. Their is nothing more I hate than to see these youths hanging around parking lots riding their boards when the business clearly have signs hanging up saying, no skateboarding. I can't tell you how many times I have just about hit one of these kids while driving through local parking lots when one of them just come out of nowhere and then get mad when you tell em to have a little more respect. The city park had a half pipe back in the 80's that was left to rot and then torn down due to "liability reasons" after some kid broke his arm and then his parents sued the city for the kids lack of common sense. Wake up people of parkersburg and tell the mayor NO on this park and spend our tax money more wisely.
  • by youll never know Location: wv on Oct 21, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    skateparks are dumb=]
  • by Richard Location: Parkersburg on Oct 21, 2008 at 09:44 AM
    This is just part of the Mayors last minute attempt to get votes for his re-election as Mayor. Putting the park next to the river is crazy. What happened to the park behind the Blizzard Drive fire station?
  • by Janet Russell Location: North End on Oct 21, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    I agree with the comments below siding with NOT by the River and in a more accessible area such as City Park. I would not want my child walking down to the river by himself or for that matter even with other children. These kids using skateboards are as young as 10 and 11 years old, some are even younger.
  • by Crystal Location: Vienna on Oct 21, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    I understand the desire to find a use for vacant unwanted land; however, I would highly recommend researching how delicate the area needs to be for a safe skatepark. Please go to Tony Hawk's website (TonyHawkFoundation.com) and you will find minimal criteria that must be met and additional grants to help the city set up a safe skatepark. I can't explain the fear I have felt when I have seen the truck's on my stepson's Black Element hit a rock in the road. I can only imagine his $80 wheels rolling onto an uneven surface consumed by bird feces down by the river.
  • by Pamela Location: Parkersburg on Oct 21, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    This is a terrible place for the skate park. That place does flood. When it floods, the kids will be down there even though it may not be safe! What if one of the kids is skating during a flood, hits their head, noone is around and he/she drowns? We want the kids to be safe..change the place for the skatepark.
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