Assignment: Ukiah - Nonexistent skate...

Assignment: Ukiah - Nonexistent skatepark about to be derailed

There are 28 comments on the The Ukiah Daily Journal story from Feb 8, 2010, titled Assignment: Ukiah - Nonexistent skatepark about to be derailed. In it, The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that:

It's time to pay attention, folks, because the great free-fall meltdown, the through-the-floor tank-job of the skatepark is about to unfold, right before your eyes.

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#1 Feb 8, 2010
I am always amazed that smaller cities to the north and south of Ukiah on 101 have built skate parks years ago. This is sad for Ukiah skate boarders.

Yet, as a supporter of bmx bicycles, I know that the skate park committee decided not the build a park suitable for bmx bikes which has certainly excluded some folks from pitching in.

Isleton, CA

#2 Feb 8, 2010
If it cost the city zero tax cash then I am all for it.

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#3 Feb 8, 2010
I as well have wondered the same thing !!!

I sure wish they would build it so the kids would have some place to go have fun at !!!
Inigo Montoya

San Leandro, CA

#4 Feb 8, 2010
neighbor wrote:
I am always amazed that smaller cities to the north and south of Ukiah on 101 have built skate parks years ago. This is sad for Ukiah skate boarders.
Yet, as a supporter of bmx bicycles, I know that the skate park committee decided not the build a park suitable for bmx bikes which has certainly excluded some folks from pitching in.
as a former BMX'er as well as a long-time skateboarder, i can tell you that combining the two in a single park is difficult, not just in the type of terrain, but also in the traffic flow; it creates a far greater potential for injury for everyone involved. while i agree the BMX'ers need a place to ride freestyle/vert, they at least have the Rusty Bowl track as well as the ability to build backyard or trail jumps to suit their needs without the same level of expense or public scrutiny.
Ukiah Gal

United States

#5 Feb 8, 2010
You hit the mark with that article. Bravo!!!
Blue collar

Ukiah, CA

#6 Feb 8, 2010
27yrs wrote:
I as well have wondered the same thing !!!
I sure wish they would build it so the kids would have some place to go have fun at !!!
The city of ukiah is not kid friendly. They want kids to be not seen and not heard! That's why they want the park out near low gap.
Blue collar

Ukiah, CA

#7 Feb 8, 2010
Blah wrote:
If it cost the city zero tax cash then I am all for it.
At this point it shouldn't matter if it cost the city money. The kids that started this skate park committee are now middle aged, have kids of their own and have paid their share of taxes. They would like to see it happen before their grandchildren can skate.

Since: Oct 09

Ukiah, CA

#8 Feb 8, 2010
Actually Tommy is right on the money this time- we have an out of control progressive element that's controlled politics here for over 30 years and now they're scrambling like street vendors at Fisherman's Wharf for any available buck they can harvest.

It wouldn't surprise me in the least to have a green body camo painted Phil Baldwin jump out from behind a bush he's shaking at Alex Thomas plaza at visiting tourists, then grinning and collecting gratuities in a tin cup from other tourists in on the gag who like seeing people scared shitless by middle aged men in green body camo paint wearing speedos jumping out from beyond a hand held bush to startle people. God knows it won't startle the locals, but maybe Phil could have a disclaimer on his tin cup- "One percent of the proceeds you contribute to our local economy go to the regulated State and Federal Court mandated minimal requirements of fire and police protection. The other 99% of proceeds you contribute to local Government go to my friends and political cronies, and if we can't hire them directly we'll have them form a non profit and "grant" them the money."

Part of me hopes Ukiah fails miserably; their ends justifies the means attitude and disingenuous opposition to Measure A under the banner of "save our downtown" when in reality the city council could care less about the downtown turned me off.

It's time we erect the plaque and rename the property the skate park was supposed to sit upon "Progressive Park." The inscription should read "Progressive Park. A monument to what can be accomplished when a community decides 'no, we can't."

Sheeesh man- 30 years of electing idiots into office. C'mon Ukiah, we could do better if we could find sensible candidates to replace our existing ones who aren't felons or currently in jail.

Maybe Tommy could run- I'd vote for him, even if he favors euthanasia for old people.

Orlando, FL

#9 Feb 9, 2010
steve johnson

Jackson St Forest, CA

#10 Feb 9, 2010
all sk8er of ukiah should skate school street and vid the cops. we need to show the people how we get treated. skateboarding a sport. ha not to ukiah i lived in ukiah for a long time and this is bullshit. to all of the people that put your time into geting a park thanks for your hard work
steve johnson

Jackson St Forest, CA

#11 Feb 9, 2010
The Emerald Triangle Marijuana University we can have this but a sk8 park no no no
Glad 2B Gone

Gaston, OR

#12 Feb 9, 2010
Always true and always funny. But maybe TWK has finally beat on this dead horse long enough. It is time to direct your beer-laced venom toward other monuments to ineptitude. Like CPS, Cal-trans, and Clay Brennan. But forget about Ms. Rodin; that's more car than you can handle.
Dick WizMOre

El Cerrito, CA

#13 Feb 10, 2010
With the economy being what it is, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ukiah was a ghost town in 5+years. Phantoms could skate. I know I plan to move away for work ASAP. No jobs here. Maybe I could get a job at the skate park. BTW who can afford kids? I stopped making them, maybe there won’t be any by the time the park is ready.
darn shame

Jamaica, NY

#14 Feb 10, 2010
It's like a breath of fresh air, yet, its putrid. Thank god somebody is working to keep journalism alive. Enough of this sugar coated treatment for elected officials by the UDJ. It's time to take a long, very critical look at our local officials. They work for us you know.....

If the people want a skate park then it is the city councils job to make it happen. I could give less of a crap about the economy. The strong economy of the last twenty years did little to advance the skate park. Now, unfortunately, the city council is just gonna have to find a way. Maybe they could get out from behind their desks and microphones, ring a doorbell or two and grab a shovel. IF the city council doesn't have the political capital to get a skate park built after twenty years, we have a problem. Too many kids (now adults), have dedicated time, donated money, and done everything in the power to get this project accomplished. It is a darn shame that these kids, out there raising money, have to rely on such a band of imbeciles.... I say that not to be derogatory, rather, because I can find no other word to describe adults who allow the dreams of a town full of kids to go down the tubes like this....over and over....

I mean, ukiah has so many activities for kids these days... like, well,...wandering the streets aimlessly....

Gets me thinking, maybe some six year olds want to go join their childish peers on the city council. Maybe that way the youthful citizens of ukiah might find some representation. Clearly, their interests are not the interests of those in power.


Redwood Valley, CA

#15 Feb 10, 2010
Well you're all right. J.C. wants a million dollar skate park in a $100.00 town. And now his children and all of the other kids will get nothing.

Put the egos aside and build a decent park with the money we have before the grant runs out.

The fact is that we could have taken 1 or multiple lots in the county where there is some unused cement and put up metal ramps for $50-60,000.

Which means we could have 4-5 skate park locations in the county without takin any state money and just using the money we have.

All these years we could of had a skatepark/s for our children, but once again the city council and the designers have spent all of the time over the past decade trying to out-smart each other and argue.

It's all of our fault because we haven't stood up.

Imagine the nice skatepark we could have had if evry family just put in $100.00 each, but we're all too cheap to invest in our kids.


Maybe someone will do it and if they don't we can complain.

St Helena got a park in less than 2 years and so did Willits.

Ukiah is just lame as a whole. Shame on all of us!

Oakland, CA

#16 Feb 10, 2010
I love this piece Tommy but I think you forgot one thing. There are no big contractors in this county because they can't survive in no growth communities like Mendocino County has been for the last 50 years. Between Ukiah City Council and the BOS most employers have been run out of here.

I say put the big stores in the county and save us a half cent on the sales tax and put the Skate Park up before its original supporters are all dead of old age.

Phoenix, AZ

#17 Feb 11, 2010
This entire issue is a joke. The county does not want to pay the contractors bid price but I bet the contractor had to figure the cost to build about twice what the true cost is in order to deal with the city and planning department. Chris Warrick will have the job site shut down for some stupid reason as soon as he can if construction were to ever start. The reality is that you can plan on paying to much for construction no matter what.

Phoenix, AZ

#18 Feb 11, 2010
I would be glad to volunteer for the project if it became a local project. Like a habitat for humanity project.

Hayward, CA

#19 Feb 11, 2010
It's a well written article, touching on subjects that have made my blood boil for the last 15+ years

I've thought about commenting and elaborating on some of the points, but he covered all the important points regarding the *causes* of our lack of real progress; interestingly the so-called progressives in Ukiah do everything in their power to stop progress

Over the years it's been revealed and exposed again and again that "progressives" are nearly always people who want to dictate, control and own a town/city/county and keep any and every body out who wants to contribute to it's growth

But enough on that, the article is thorough enough

Hayward, CA

#20 Feb 11, 2010
How about asking all the marijuana growers (since everyone knows who they are) to kick in a few bucks. These guys routinely drive around in their huge 4x4's with $10's of thousands of dollars in the cab. It's obvious they do cause the cops seize about a car or two a week.
TWK better watch out for asking out a Judges wife. Mari and Clay are together forever and not even TWK can break them apart.

On a more serious note, time has unfortunately ticked away and there will be no skatepark. RIP

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