Teens Fighting To Save Florissant Skate Park

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Hundreds of kids are fighting to keep a Florissant skate park open. Five years ago it was built to keep kids out of trouble. Full Story
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Jeffrey Graybael

Florissant, MO

#1 Sep 21, 2009
I WAS 1 OF THE TEENS THERE AND I WANT TO SAY THAT YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OPPINION ON WHAT YOU THINK SHOULD HAPPEN BUT KNOW THAT WE WIL HAVE OURS AND WE WILL FIGHT HARD,may the best group win.IF YOU WANT US TO STAY OFF THE STREETS AND STOP U FROM PUTTING GRAFFITI ON YOUR PROPERTY,GRANTEDIT WAS NOT COOL OF US TO DO THAT WE AS A WHOLE APOLOGIZE,THEN KEEP THE DUNEGANT SKATE PARK OPEN AND READY TO SKATE.SAVE OUR PARK!!!!!!!!!!
Jeffrey Graybael

Florissant, MO

#2 Sep 21, 2009
y am i the only 1 to post a comment alrighyt i am unique
Zombie Nation

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#3 Sep 21, 2009
Well, if our mayor didn't eat his breakfast, lunch and dinner on the city budget and pay for lunch for just about every senior in the city, this would not be a city for the Nursing Home Set. Or have a hired driver and city provided luxury car. Or use city funds to pay for ads to glorify himself in local publications. Or put up so many things that seem to have his name on them.

We were all very excited 8 years ago when he took office and seemed to understand that the only salvation for our city was to bring young folks in and offer recreation and services for young people, not geriatric dances. But he knows who votes.....
ALI SCHWENT

United States

#4 Sep 21, 2009
i am one of the many "kids" who goes, visits, and watches skateing up there and i love it.it keeps us from skating on the dangerous streets, out of the trouble for law. its an escape where we can meet and have fun.its the place we deserve to be.
Robert Roode

AOL

#5 Sep 22, 2009
Perhaps if our mayor would have his pay rate similar to cities the size of Florissant , they would have the money to monitor the park!
Tom Bateman

United States

#6 Sep 22, 2009
I AGREE, JEFF, THINK OF HOW MUCH TROUBLE WE WOULD BE GETTING IN IF SKATED ON THE STREETS! SAVE THE PARK!!!
Terra Troll

Columbia, MO

#7 Sep 22, 2009
I wasnt able to go to the park to help out because of work, but we need to save the park. If we dont have a place to skate people are going to skate the streets and other places which is more dangerous and would get us in more trouble. And what makes me laugh the most is how people say we dont follow the rules but yet when the cops and the park rangers do come up there to check and see whats going on they just sit back and watch and not say a word about not having helmets..so maybe before you come after us check up on your employees that arent doing their job! You guys made us look like some trouble making kids when were not we dont cause problems there we go there to ride, hangin out and watch, and its just some where to go its our home away from home and i cant believe you guys would consider taking that away from us. This report took something good and something we love and are passionate about and made us look bad i hope you feel good about that knowing that you might be helping take away a place we love and our second home!
Bob Lowery

AOL

#8 Sep 22, 2009
These damm kids need to quit goofin off and get their hair cut and get a job!! Wait a minute, IS THAT MY DAUGHTER!!??!!??
Ruthann

Columbia, MO

#9 Sep 22, 2009
I also was one of the teens there yesterday. People every where from police officers to school admistrators and other workers complain about us skaters being on the streets tearing up there property, if you all want us off the streets and in a safe place, then why tear down and refuse to build skate parks. It gives us teens a chance to be safe and continue doing what we love and for you to try and tear a place down where we come to stay off the streets and out of trouble isn't fair. We should be able to keep our skate park, and build many other skate parks in different city's so teens don't have to go all the way to elm skate park ( the only free and skate at your own risk) park in this area. People just need to face the fact that skating isn't a crime its an amazing sport such as riding a bike, QUIT MAKING IT A BIG DEAL AND JUST GIVE US SKATERS A CHANCE!
Can we all just talk

Ballwin, MO

#10 Sep 22, 2009
Veach you should be ashamed of yourself. You are acting like a child. Both parties should get together and talk. Parents that truly should include you for the sake of trhe children. It takes a village to raise a child!
TALK!!!!!!
Mrs Mom in florissant

Florissant, MO

#11 Sep 22, 2009
'Save the park'...I know many of these kids, most of them that are old enough, do have part time jobs. There are also some high GPA's hanging there.
It seems the city would be proud of it's young people and their sense of community. Maybe the park should be relocated near the civic center,
where it could be more easily monitored - at the very least. Simply closing it does not feel right on several levels.
Just my opinion

Fenton, MO

#12 Sep 22, 2009
It is a shame this is happening. Seems they are punishing all for the ones who can not respect the rules. Heavily fine the parents of the teens who break the rules. Usually hitting the parents in the pocketbook will change children's behavior. Make the kids perform community service for not being able to follow the rules.
Amanda C

Columbia, MO

#13 Sep 22, 2009
You built the skate spot to keep us kids out of trouble, but now your trying to rip our passion for skating away from us. I can speak for all of us when I say that we need this skate spot to keep us off the streets and out of harms way. If you think its crowded then make it bigger. Don't take away something that you wanted to build in the first place. We all love this skate park and we havn't been getting into any trouble. You really can't expect us teens to follow the rules, do you? One of us teens needs to get ahold of Rob Dyrdek. He can build us a "Safe Spot Skate Spot". Thats all I got to say to you. Peace.
sk8ter mom

AOL

#14 Sep 22, 2009
I don't really understand the reason behind wanting to close the skatepark in Florissant. The skaters are in violation of the helmet rule? And the city is afraid of liability of injuries that may occur there? Is that the true reason? Am I correct in saying that Missouri just passed the helmet law for motorcyclists, saying they do not need to wear helmets on the streets but do on the highways? Well, if that is the truth then why would you impose that unto the youth that enjoy skateboarding as much as the cyclists enjoy their bikes. We send our servicemembers into combat situations with all the body gear to protect them, and that does include helmets. But no matter how much they are assumed to be protected, some still come back with traumatic brain injury. It is an assumption of risk everyday we walk out our door, get in our vehicles, and just try to live life. Most of these kids know how to protect themselves, but choose to be helmet-free. I honestly believe that this rule should be mostly applied to the younger youth, since their brains are still developing. Florissant just needs to post a sign up there for the patrons of that skatepark, to skate at their own risks. Plain and simple.
mother of 2

O Fallon, IL

#15 Sep 22, 2009
ok i agree that they should have been punished but i agree with the parent thaat said how are they going to become pruductive citizens without an education. i do belive that they only got expeled because they where black kids on a white kid if it had been white on white or b lack on black in would not have came to this and if u watched the tape as i did they first boy was beeing presured into hitting him u can here the other kids telling him to hit him for knocking his backpack down as we all know peer presure sucks and it is hard not to do it so i dont think the first boy should have been expeled. As far as the second boy i do belive he should have been expeled and probley for ever he hit him for no reason but to look tough.. i have mixed kids myslf so i see it from both sides my daughter has already been having problems at school and she is 5 i hope that neither one of my kids are fighters or the oned getting hit...
Joy

Florissant, MO

#16 Sep 22, 2009
SAVE THE PARK!
its skate at your own risk anyway---right?
it means a lot to people, we need somewhere to go
mother of 2

O Fallon, IL

#17 Sep 22, 2009
that was ment for somewhere else sorry
Amanda C

Columbia, MO

#18 Sep 22, 2009
sk8ter mom wrote:
I don't really understand the reason behind wanting to close the skatepark in Florissant. The skaters are in violation of the helmet rule? And the city is afraid of liability of injuries that may occur there? Is that the true reason? Am I correct in saying that Missouri just passed the helmet law for motorcyclists, saying they do not need to wear helmets on the streets but do on the highways? Well, if that is the truth then why would you impose that unto the youth that enjoy skateboarding as much as the cyclists enjoy their bikes. We send our servicemembers into combat situations with all the body gear to protect them, and that does include helmets. But no matter how much they are assumed to be protected, some still come back with traumatic brain injury. It is an assumption of risk everyday we walk out our door, get in our vehicles, and just try to live life. Most of these kids know how to protect themselves, but choose to be helmet-free. I honestly believe that this rule should be mostly applied to the younger youth, since their brains are still developing. Florissant just needs to post a sign up there for the patrons of that skatepark, to skate at their own risks. Plain and simple.
Amen to that!
Mom of a skater

Saint Louis, MO

#19 Sep 22, 2009
I think the skate park was a great idea when it was built. It kept a lot of skaters off the streets and sidewalks. I agree that a sign should be posted telling skaters to skate at their own risk. This will keep the liability from the city if someone gets hurt. My son and his friends skate their all the time and i have never heard of any problems. As far as the graffiti, who said a skater did it. Many people roam the park. I have never cared for Mayor Lowery. Many people say he has done great for Florissant and maybe he has in many ways but this is a perfect example of something he is doing wrong. Save the Park!!!
Time to act like adults

Columbia, MO

#20 Sep 22, 2009
This is the problem. No one can come off of their own side long enough to be reasonable. The reason ADULTS will possibly have the right to not wear a helmet on the street while riding their motorcycle, is because they are ADULTS!!!! If they want to die while trying to look cool, thats their adult decision to make. These kids who think its cool to skate without a helmet because it looks better, or its easier to skate without one. That is a silly and irresponsible reason. Parents are supposed to be teaching their children to make wise decisions, not support their poor ones. If your kids would follow rules and if you would support them following rules there wouldn't be so many kids who are catching a bad rap. All they are asking of your children is to follow some rules and the park will remain open. These aren't even difficult rules 1. Wear a helmet 2. Don't spray paint on the facility that isn't yours!!!! And parents are arguing with that. Its a shame, and a true window into what is happening with youth and our world today. People are more apt to argue their point, just to choose a side. Not even looking at it all logically.
So here's the answer, stop spraypainting on property that you don't own, and wear a helmet. Then you don't have to climb over locked gates, and trespass illegally to do what you love to do. I love riding and racing atv's, but if I decided I was going to tear off through the woods in unmarked trails and ride where ever I wanted to, run over and destroy the landscape that I was provided with to ride on, the places I love to ride would have to eventually close because of the abuse the land takes from the irresponsible riding and the destruction of the landscape. Being a responsible athlete is just as important as being a good one.

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