Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Skate Park Plans Are under Way in Glynn; the County's Recreation Chief Has the Funding and Is Trying to Find Two Sites to Build

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Skate Park Plans Are under Way in Glynn; the County's Recreation Chief Has the Funding and Is Trying to Find Two Sites to Build

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

BRUNSWICK - Glynn County is rolling on its plans to build two skateboard parks.

"I would say there's a need for a skateboard park," Glynn County Recreation Director Wesley Davis told a crowd of two dozen advocates. "Whose backyard it's going to be in, I have no way of knowing."

The backyard issue is one that Davis hopes the public will hash out in a series of meetings. With $200,000 in sales-tax funds to split between St. Simons Island and Brunswick parks, Davis began asking people for their thoughts in a meeting Wednesday night in Brunswick and another Thursday night at the Casino on the island. He wants to bring both groups together at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Casino.

Davis is not promising Olympic standards. He figures he'll have enough money for concrete pads about the size of a tennis court on St. Simons and double that on the mainland.

St. Simons Island resident Jim Curtis lives next door to King Park, one of the sites under consideration on St. Simons.

"It's not we're against the skateboard park. I'm all for it," Curtis said. But he added: "I think it needs to go somewhere else."

People are always urging skateboarders to go someplace else because some have damaged public and private property.

Brunswick has banned skaters from Mary Ross Park because they have damaged handrails, broken off ground-level electrical outlets and crashed through windows. After hours, they have done tricks off the steps of the public library.

On St. Simons, they skate on the Casino bandstand and soar off the steps landing hard on bricks etched with veteran's names. Merchants in the island's commercial village have complained about the damage and noise.

Calvin Kenney, a gray-bearded carpenter, figures he's been riding a board for more than 30 years. A Methodist minister's son, Kenney said he saw skateboarding as a way to be athletic without the competition and violence of some sports. …

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