Skaters in Katy need a new skatepark!!

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Skaters in Katy need a new skatepark!!

       When Katy skaters went to their local park on Wednesday, May 9th, (like they do most days) they were in for quite a shock. They found only an empty concrete slab with no ramps or obstacles. You can imagine their disappointment because for many this park was their daily skate/ hangout spot as there are no other skateparks in the Katy area (the closest park is located on HWY 6). Why was the park removed after so many years of being open?
       Over the years indoor parks have come and gone but now there are none in Katy. Skaters can’t skate street spots because they will get kicked out or ticketed. This park was the only safe haven in the area to practice their sport and now it’s gone. Even though the “free park” at Barker Cypress was not located in Katy, it was where most Katy skaters would go to get their session on because it was the closest park to the Katy area. Some have heard that the park is being relocated to another location, hopefully so, but the skate community would greatly appreciate and benefit from an all concrete park in Katy proper.
       While land in Katy may be expensive, the price tag for a new concrete skate facility would be substantially cheaper than and only a fraction of the cost of some of Katy’s new “attractions”. Legacy stadium came in at a cost of $72 million dollars! The new boardwalk that is being constructed by Katy Mills mall is projected to cost $49 million dollars. The skate community is requesting the city to consider having a permanent concrete skatepark (not a concrete slab with metal ramps) professionally built in the Katy area by a reputable skatepark building company. It would give skaters a safe and positive place to go and skate without being kicked out, a place they can feel welcome. Other parts of Houston and surrounding areas are building concrete parks for their communities and we feel Katy should do the same for our community. If Katy is looking to attract more tourism with all different types of activities (e.g. Typhoon Texas, Katy Boardwalk etc.) then adding a skatepark is great for that, too. It would attract skaters from all around to come skate our new park and would in turn drive local business.
       Skateboarders are often stereotyped as hoodlums or punk kids who are up to no good. The reality is that is simply not the case. Skateboarding is a positive activity that keeps a lot of kids out of trouble. It’s a challenging sport that has participants that are young and old and many families bond over skate time. There has been a steady rise in skaters in recent years and more and more kids are opting to pick up a skateboard rather than participate in team sports. Not to mention that it’s great exercise. The signatures below are of people who ask the city to PLEASE help give these skateboarders a new park that they can call home. Thank you for your time and consideration. 

 



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