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'Not In My Back Yard' is Stayton's Reaction to Skate Park IdeaKen Cartwright KENC Radio for Salem-News.com
Stayton residents voice concerns over youth and skaters but a city board says they will explore other areas.
(STAYTON, Ore.) - A public meeting was held at 6:30 PM in Stayton at the community center Wednesday night April 16th concerning the need for a skate park and a location for it.
The 5 member Parks and Recreation panel along with City Public Works Director, Mike Faught, and Lt. Rich Sebens of the Stayton Police Department were in attendance as well as 28 members of the community, including 6 teenage skateboarders.
A presentation by Mike Faught was made about the recent request by members of the community for a skate park. It was suggested that a temporary skate park could be located at the new Santiam Station park and development, behind the Dairy Queen in what's commonly known as the flood plain.
He suggested that the equipment could be bolted down there and moved to a more permanent location at a later date for a new park that land is being sought for behind the Stayton Middle school. That park is quite a few years off before it's developed but the acquisition for the land is going on now while it's still available.
Nine members of the community where the proposed temporary skate park is to be located spoke in opposition of the park for a variety of reasons; such as, it's too close to a day care center, the noise from this skate park would carry over into the close neighborhood and be disturbing, plus the noise would be an issue for the Lakeside Assisted Living center. It was suggested that with the youths come policing problems.
Dave Nielson suggested that the skate park is not needed because Aumsville already has one that is up and running.
Aumsville chose not to have a covered swimming pool such as Stayton's and put their money instead into the skate park. He feels it would be a duplication of services for the city to build a skate park.
Some of the other residents of this area commented that it's already noisy at the park and this would just be too much. Others commented that the mix of all ages would create police and problems.
The overall consensus was "Not In My Back Yard". When asked by the parks and recreation board if they would approve of a skate park in another area, most signified yes.
The Parks and Recreation board members say they will take all public comments into consideration including written letters of support to not have the park there and will meet several more times before making a recommendation to the city council.
Ken Cartwright is the news director for KENC Community Radio, AM 1620, in Stayton Oregon and a contributing writer for Salem-News.com. If you would like to contact Ken, please visit our staff page.
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