Lack of helmets seen at skate park

Lack of helmets seen at skate park

There are 31 comments on the The Willits News story from Jan 8, 2011, titled Lack of helmets seen at skate park. In it, The Willits News reports that:

The Ukiah Skate Park is now open and being enjoyed by skateboarders, many of whom are not wearing helmets or other protective gear.

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old taxpayer

San Francisco, CA

#1 Jan 9, 2011
well they wanted a skateboard and they got it. now they aren't wearing helments who is the smartest you or them? what i'm saying is oh! well we got what we wanted so go fly a kite. we have that same problem in willit's it is so far from town they those who use it can quit till the cop's? go away then do what ever they want. so if you don't like it close them down.
TB Sheets

Jackson St Forest, CA

#2 Jan 9, 2011
I see a possible revenue stream , like the 13 mile stretch of U.S.101 ... all marked as "reduced speed, construction zone, violation fee doubled" ... does anyone ever see construction workers?(Heck no!!)... just eager CHP's ready to pounce ... money, money!
Pro-Law

Amity, OR

#3 Jan 9, 2011
And this bit of news surprises who? Put the word out, loud and clear, that all protective gear is mandatory. When that doesn't work, charge admission, with the fees generated to pay for a safety supervisor, much like the park pool charged admission and employed lifeguards.
Skaters have given themselves an outlaw image. The city has given them what they have been whining about for years in good faith that safety rules will be followed. The options are clear. They either police themselves or someone else has to police them.
Notton

Alameda, CA

#4 Jan 9, 2011
oldtaxpayer - "well they wanted a skateboard and they got it. now they aren't wearing helments who is the smartest you or them? what i'm saying is oh! well we got what we wanted so go fly a kite. we have that same problem in willit's it is so far from town they those who use it can quit till the cop's? go away then do what ever they want. so if you don't like it close them down. "

"They" aren't wearing helmets, trying to group them all into one lump when it's less than 1/5 of them....typical fraction of people in any group who don't obey.
Since you hate teenagers and kids and have opposed this park all along, you should be glad some of them are endangering themselves, making your current criticism null and void.

This isn't Willits the police are right there next to the Ukiah park permanently, you're grabbing at straws.
Notton

Alameda, CA

#5 Jan 9, 2011
pro-law - "Skaters have given themselves an outlaw image. The city has given them what they have been whining about for years in good faith that safety rules will be followed. The options are clear. They either police themselves or someone else has to police them. "

1/5 of the skater population doesn't speak for the rest, unless you're some bitter grumpy bored knob with no life who is waiting for any op to insult the entire group of local skaters.
Nobody had -good faith- that 100% of the skaters would obey everything, anymore than anybody has good faith that 100% of any group of people will obey everything, as no group does from the street worker to the common citizen to the CEO to the elected politician.
The situation isn't a situation, the story isn't newsworthy, but a few locals will pipe in their Told You So's to feel good about themselves and fuel their egos, impressing only themselves.
John2

United States

#6 Jan 9, 2011
Pro-Law wrote:
And this bit of news surprises who? Put the word out, loud and clear, that all protective gear is mandatory. When that doesn't work, charge admission, with the fees generated to pay for a safety supervisor, much like the park pool charged admission and employed lifeguards.
Skaters have given themselves an outlaw image. The city has given them what they have been whining about for years in good faith that safety rules will be followed. The options are clear. They either police themselves or someone else has to police them.
This is a very good ideal... Police yourselves or get charge a fee for using the park... Seem simple...
arch stanton

Amity, OR

#7 Jan 9, 2011
Ukiah skaters are lucky to have the park.

I wish I had had a park like this when I used to skate.

You ‘can’t blame the city and the promoters for closing the park because of the risk of some selfish idiot scrambling his brains because he’s too cool to use a helmet.

The folks that made the park don’t really ask much of the users.

Just that they act right.
momforadecentcom munity

Ukiah, CA

#8 Jan 9, 2011
let them crack their heads obviously if they cant make the connection of concrete to their head being a bad thing there is not too much in there worth saving
neversatisfiedwh ocares

Alameda, CA

#9 Jan 9, 2011
Kids can crack their skulls in any of our public parks if they're not careful. Should we close the other parks if they do. This is just some bitter old gossips looking for a reason to close the skate park.
Shooting themselves in the foot too. The skateboard traffic around town has gone way down since the park opened.
The people who are yipping to have the park closed down are the same people who whined when the skaters were in town.
Pro-Law

United States

#10 Jan 9, 2011
Notton wrote:
pro-law - "Skaters have given themselves an outlaw image. The city has given them what they have been whining about for years in good faith that safety rules will be followed. The options are clear. They either police themselves or someone else has to police them. "
1/5 of the skater population doesn't speak for the rest, unless you're some bitter grumpy bored knob with no life who is waiting for any op to insult the entire group of local skaters.
Nobody had -good faith- that 100% of the skaters would obey everything, anymore than anybody has good faith that 100% of any group of people will obey everything, as no group does from the street worker to the common citizen to the CEO to the elected politician.
The situation isn't a situation, the story isn't newsworthy, but a few locals will pipe in their Told You So's to feel good about themselves and fuel their egos, impressing only themselves.
You're correct. 1/5 of the skater population doesn't speak for the rest.
The correct way to look at the situation however, is that 20% of the skaters are putting themselves at risk at a city facility.
Just one lawsuit can cost the city more than the skate park cost to build, and unfortunately a lawsuit is almost guaranteed in today's society. IF the park survives the lawsuit, I guarantee there will either be someone to monitor skaters, or the park will be shut down, and I don't think anyone wants to see that happen.
skater

Jackson St Forest, CA

#11 Jan 9, 2011
so I am an avid skate, and if the city is so nervous about someone hurting themselves, well the solution is simple post a skate at your own risk sign, place the responsobility on the parents of these kids not the city. My second point as a skater I refuse to wear pads because i skate so frequently without pads when I were them I feel awkward and fall more, increasing the risk for injury. same concept why in football we practice with pads on so it doesn't feel weird on the field...
JB North

United States

#12 Jan 10, 2011

We have multiple wars going on that have lasted longer then WWII, out infrastructure is falling apart all over the city, the freeway is a mess and they want to bust kids for helmets? Maybe instead of knit picking on kids you figure out a way to fund the pension for retired county and or city employees.
JohnnyRainCloud

United States

#13 Jan 10, 2011
skater wrote:
so I am an avid skate, and if the city is so nervous about someone hurting themselves, well the solution is simple post a skate at your own risk sign, place the responsobility on the parents of these kids not the city. My second point as a skater I refuse to wear pads because i skate so frequently without pads when I were them I feel awkward and fall more, increasing the risk for injury. same concept why in football we practice with pads on so it doesn't feel weird on the field...
Then maybe, you and others should wear pad and helmets all the time... Like I decide for myself years ago, the helmet is part of the bike, ride a bike, wear a helmet.. I'm a avid Mountain biker and trial rider and it works for me... Save my life, for sure at least once...
Skaters suck

Palo Alto, CA

#14 Jan 10, 2011
skater wrote:
so I am an avid skate, and if the city is so nervous about someone hurting themselves, well the solution is simple post a skate at your own risk sign, place the responsobility on the parents of these kids not the city. My second point as a skater I refuse to wear pads because i skate so frequently without pads when I were them I feel awkward and fall more, increasing the risk for injury. same concept why in football we practice with pads on so it doesn't feel weird on the field...
Clearly from your spelling ability you have spent more time skateboarding than going to school. With that said, a sign stating “Skate at your own risk”, is the City’s admission to the dangers of the facility and does not lessen its liability but rather increases it. Signs like that mean nothing, and attorneys love them when they sue.
Google It

Hayward, CA

#15 Jan 10, 2011
Skate Parks
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Skateboarders are required to wear helmets in some skate parks.Those who wish to skate in a city owned skate-park might have to wear a skateboard helmet, along with other protective gear, to do it legally. Under California Health and Safety Code section 115800, skate parks in California are not liable for any injuries that happen as a result of skating in the designated park as long as the facility posts a sign that requires all riders to wear a helmet and other protective gear such as knee pads and elbow pads.

Read more: Law for Skateboard Helmets | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6721383_law-skatebo...
Google It

Hayward, CA

#16 Jan 10, 2011
In California helmets have been required for Bicycle riders under 18 since 1994. When is the last time UPD has ticketed those kids? Not THATS a revenue stream
**** boy

Long Beach, CA

#17 Jan 10, 2011
neversatisfiedwhocares wrote:
Kids can crack their skulls in any of our public parks if they're not careful. Should we close the other parks if they do. This is just some bitter old gossips looking for a reason to close the skate park.
Shooting themselves in the foot too. The skateboard traffic around town has gone way down since the park opened.
The people who are yipping to have the park closed down are the same people who whined when the skaters were in town.
We almost have closed the parks. They're so sissified with their rubber mats, plastic equipment and closing of real fun things like the rocket slide. I guess we can thank lawyers and entitlement-minded liberals: scrape your knee and call Max G. Arnold.
**** boy

Long Beach, CA

#18 Jan 10, 2011
Why do we close a fun thing like the park's rocket slide because it is too dangerous, place rubber mats and chips beneath all play equipment, tear the hand push merry-go-round out, and then open a skate park? What lawyer will be the first one to sue?
JohnnyRainCloud

United States

#19 Jan 10, 2011
[QUOTE who=" **** boy"]Why do we close a fun thing like the park's rocket slide because it is too dangerous, place rubber mats and chips beneath all play equipment, tear the hand push merry-go-round out, and then open a skate park? What lawyer will be the first one to sue?[/QUOTE]A right wing Lawyer of course!!! Lawyer are the problem.. But of course you can't see that!! There are Right wing loony Lawyer setting in their BMW in the parking lot at the skate park as we speck...

“Kids are the future”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#20 Jan 10, 2011
We may have to manage the skate park the same way we would manage a public pool. I have not seen the skate park so I don't know if there's an access control fence around it or not. If there isn't a fence, then it might be a good idea to install one and a small park office with posted hours of operation and an attendant who makes sure that all users have proper safety equipment or they don't use the skate park.

When it comes to "Self Policing", why should we expect local kids to do something that even our local police and politicians can't accomplish?

Lets hope this Skate Park doesn't turn into just another way in which we've placed our kids in harms way, and, that we responsibly manage this before any of our kids are seriously injured.

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