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Skateboarders Get No Respect in Coral Springs

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by Brian Cristobal

I am a 14 year old kid who tries like any other kid to do what is fun to them like playing sports or any other hobbies we might have. Being who I am, a skateboarder, I can’t do this in Coral Springs.

If we (skateboarders) try to skate any where in this city we either get hassled by police, kicked out by security guards or business owners. Now You may be thinking that we should build ramps or skateboard at our own houses but we can’t do that either. About two weeks ago a couple of friends and I  built a beautiful ramp in front of my house. We were almost done when a police car pulls up to my house and tells us that we can’t finish it and we can’t skateboard in the road. It turns out that one of my neighbors complained about the noisemaking. But it was a Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

What it all comes down to is that if you want to play baseball in Coral Springs there is no problem. There is about 10 fields to play on. If you want to play soccer or basketball or any other sport it is the  same deal. No Problem. But if your hobby is skateboarding you are screwed basically, because you’ll get kicked off the streets and told “no skateboarding” in your own private community.

All I’m asking for is some sympathy and maybe even building a public, outdoor, FREE, cement skate park so we don’t have to be labeled as loiterers or law  breakers. We also wouldn’t have to pay $5 an hour at a different skate park in Boca or West Palm Beach.

If our city could do this it would make a lot of skateboarders, bikers and rollerbladers happy, including me. Not to be rude or anything but why are we fighting for freedom if kids can’t even do what makes them happy in our own country?

 

If there is anyone out there who agrees with me please help us fight for our skate park.

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