Friday, February 10, 2012

No Love for Skateboarders in Southside Richmond Park

On Friday afternoon at 3 PM, Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Facilities issued a Press Statement asking that skateboard ramps in Carter Jones Park be removed by February 15. It seems like there is a need for a skate park in Richmond. It's a healthy physical activity that is a fun for children and adults.

The press release is below:

Department Issues Statement on Removal of Skateboard Ramps

Richmond, VA – The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has asked users of the skateboard ramps placed on the tennis courts at Carter Jones Park, located at 2813 Bainbridge St., to remove the ramps by Wednesday, February 15. The public notice also advises that if the ramps are not removed by that date, they will be removed by the City.

“While the department supports skateboarding as a recreational activity, we have determined that the ramps are being used after the park is closed to the public at sunset and late into the night, which has resulted in continuing complaints from the neighborhood,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “It is unfortunate that the situation has come to this, however we have found that there is no other way to prevent this activity after hours in the park other than to remove the equipment. We will be meeting with the skateboarders for discussion with them in hopes of getting their understanding and cooperation,” Merrifield said.

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