From the new website of the Ann Arbor Skatepark Action Committee:
Why do we need a skatepark?
Skateboarding is a healthy, non-competitive sport that 5% of all Ann Arbor children aged 13-17 participate in, even with city and campus-wide anti-skateboarding bylaws in effect, and no local facilities provided for by the schools, city, or any private organization. The demonstrated need for such facilities has only grown, while tennis courts, soccer fields, and basketballs courts (provided in duplicate by parks and schools) sit empty most of the time. Not all children care, or can afford to participate in such competitive/organized team sports, especially outside of school.
Without a real public skatepark, Ann Arbor has effectively becomes a skatepark itself, with 868 violations of the city’s anti-skateboarding ordinance between 2000 and 2004 on UM’s campus alone. That’s a lot of wasted time and effort on the part of law enforcement to deny our kids their sport.
Aren’t skateboarders a bunch of hooligans?
If skateboarding is outlawed, only outlaws will skate! To put this in perspective: a skateboarding ticket in Ann Arbor costs $50 (usually with the confiscation of the skateboard), while the penalty for marijuana possession is a $25 civil infraction!
Thanks to the tip from Dug Song on our contact page.
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