Teenagers appeal to City Council to keep — and improve — decaying park

The Scappoose City Skate Park will stay where it is.

After a lengthy discussion that included a look at other possible sites and spoken testimony from teenagers who use the park, the City Council decided at a meeting Nov. 5 to proceed with a plan to improve the existing park. The city has budgeted $125,000 for the project.

A request for proposals has been sent out with a return deadline of Nov. 14.

The skate park, located off Columbia Ave., right next to the police department, was built by volunteers over a decade ago. Some city councilors attributed recent waves of vandalism at nearby Heritage Park to its proximity to the skate park, which itself had problems almost immediately because of poor construction, poor design and heavy use.

But, “we know we're lucky to have this skate park at all,” said Brandon Johnson, one of the teenagers who addressed the council.

Councilor Jeff Erickson and other city councilors reminded the audience that if it really wants this skate park, it has to do its part by abiding by park rules and not destroying or defacing public or private property.

“I'm putting the responsibility on you young people to take care of your facility,” said Councilor Judie Ingham.

The city hopes to have the improved park open by May 2013.

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