A group of Nye Beach neighbors has been circulating petitions to alert the Newport City Council that a major feature in their neighborhood, the Newport Skate Park, has become an dangerous eyesore than for kids seeking a healthy recreational outlet.
The neighbor’s petition claims the skatepark has fallen into disrepair and has become unsafe in more ways than one. Here’s a statement found on their petition which already has nearly 100 resident signatures on it.
The athletes who spend hours every day practicing their sport are left feeling abandoned and unrepresented. These are our kids and our neighbors. They take pride in our skatepark yet are being ignored.
The condition of our skatepark has become dangerous since the city has neglected basic maintenance, landscaping, and even graffiti removal. The surrounding Sam Moore Parkway, including the children’s playground, have both fallen into disrepair and the parkway overgrown – often the scene of “questionable activity.” The lack of lighting and an absence of law enforcement have drawn transients and other non-park users to the area, worsening the problems.
For teenagers directing their energy into something positive, it’s a frustrating environment. For tourists visiting our city, it’s a terrible first impression. For those of us who live in Nye Beach, it’s an embarrassment. We want the best for our youth, yet we are failing them.
The solution is not expensive, it’s not complicated, and only requires the Newport City Council to commit to making our youth a priority. We’re asking them to revitalize our skatepark starting with the following simple requests:
* Patrol the entire area at least twice daily to establish that illegal behavior will not be tolerated on city property.
* Make necessary repairs to ensure the skatepark is safe.
* Develop a use policy specific to the skatepark, then enforce that policy.
* Commit to annual safety inspections of the skatepark.
* Provide regular maintenance and litter removal for the entire area.
Please help us inspire the Newport City Council to put our children and neighbors first, and help clean up our beautiful Nye Beach neighborhood.
Meanwhile city Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Protiva says the skate park is very old and was a primitive design when it was built. He says he understands the frustrations of the kids and the neighbors but the city is trying to weigh such needs against many others that have been laid at the front door of City Hall – like the voter approved nearly ten million dollar Newport Aquatic Center which is now under construction. Protiva also says that the city is ripe for a complete overhaul of the city’s parks master plan which hasn’t been upgraded for years.
Having said all that Protiva said he and others would like to hear the concerns of the Nye Beach neighborhood about the skate park.
Skate Park supporter Brian Getting told News Lincoln County that he’ll continue to gather petition signatures and arrange to speak before the city council shortly.
Here’s a link to their petition. Click here.