One senior's opinion: Skate park debate should be respectful

Enough already. After six years of hassling over the existence, logistics and location of the skate park, isn't it time to put differences aside and work together for the common good? As a grandmother of small children, I really don't have much of an interest in skate parks, but any activity that promotes outdoor exercise can't be all bad.

I believe there are questions about vandalism, excessive noise, the possibility of violence and concerns about who will clean up the facility at the end of the day. Unfortunately, I am not very knowledgeable about either side's agenda, but I do know for certain that tempers are short and emotions are heated.

I believe a return to civility and respect for others' opinions is in order. After all, if adults fail to observe the rules of good conduct, what can we expect from our children? Obviously, if skate park participants don't abide by the rules, they will suffer the consequences.

Personally, I would want ironclad proof that the skate park does not violate the terms mandated by the Cahoon will. Better to be certain that all is in order, than to risk losing what we already have.

I would suspect the young people using the facility, wherever it is eventually located, would be extra considerate and respectful of the property because, after all, if they can build it, they can also tear it down.

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 PM, 04.15.2010