Opinion

Stop talking, start building skatepark at old school

Build Chemainus’ skatepark at the former elementary school site.

That’s where most folks want it, North Cowichan council finally owns the property, and it’s centrally located for easy access by skaters, bikers, police and others.

Yes, some neighbours oppose the site, fearing noise, crime and traffic.

It’s certainly their prerogative to voice worries about a skatepark they could pay for, and live beside.

Councillors should mull these points during today’s final debate about the park — then pass the recommendation to build the $350,000 park at the old school.

They should also know our newsroom has never heard of any problems at Duncan’s skatepark in the past decade. No calls for police or paramedics to attend the park near the Island Savings Centre.

It seems a popular place where young users have taken some ownership.

That’s another major point in Chemainus’ skatepark saga — that’s gone on far too long.

Boarders and bikers must own their parks by cleaning up trash, riding safely, and reporting any crime — such as dope dealing or vandalism — to the cops.

Council must design a park with noise-busting berms, landscaping and trash cans — aside from cool riding features, to help make taxpayers and riders happy.

Not everyone will be happy, but reconsidering a site at Fuller Lake or elsewhere is simply silly at this late stage.

Council, let’s finally build this skatepark — wisely — then shift to more pressing issues.

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