Skateboarding is Not A Crime

Skateboarding is Not A Crime

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Joshua Schaeffer started this petition to Mahoning Township
The township is currently seeking to shut down my personal skatepark

Agree to the original plan of letting us have parties and finishing what we started.

Growing up we never had anywhere to skate and we were always told if you want a skatepark put one in your own back yard. We are the property owners at the Concrete Jungle a nickname given to my own personal skatepark in my backyard. Some of you may have even been here and got to experience my patch of heaven and most of you know I have had some issues with the man trying to shut us down. We have to date done nothing but be compliant and adhere to their rules regarding the park and fixing the issues of not obtaining the proper permits and in fact in December had the borough here and agreed to certain terms where both parties got what they wanted by allowing us to have parties 3 times a year and finish building as long as we obliged by there rules of lighting and noise being done at a certain time as well as getting an engineer to sign off on our plans and obtaining any new permits needed and figure out parking issues. Well that all has since changed and since our lawyer decided he was going to stop doing his job before the ink was dry on the agreement the borough decided to negate their end at the last minute leaving us baffled by the change of plans now to shut us down again. On top of ceasing and desisting using our property as a skatepark they want us to pay $20,000 in fines , get our land resurveyed, start removing some of the structures on our property ones that have been here long before we even bought it also obtain more permits and deal with more bullcrap basically to bleed us dry of money so we lose. They claim in their book of life that we violated the zoning ordinance having a skatepark in our backyard. Well in this so called book that they wrote it does not say I can or I can not have a skatepark in my zoning district. They have been harassing me and causing stress in my life for over 2 years all because they thought I was making money here and not sharing with them. they couldn't be more wrong. We have never had a complaint here nor have the police ever been here due to excessing skateboarding lol. I started building this place with my wife Jen, my kids, my brother Jestin, and a few friends. My brother has recently passed away and because of all this bullcrap we have been dealing with he was unable to see my final vision . I built this place because I love to skate and in hopes of it being like a big brother/ big sister place where people could come that had no where to go or no one to talk to and help them feel safe and be free to express and create their own happiness by seeing if you put your heart, soul and countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears into something you love the possibilities are endless. I am an artist this place is not just some concrete thrown around it is a work of art that I have hand finished myself to date and added in plaza like features. I have gardens and a grilling area and pizza oven that adds character to my place making it unique and one of a kind. It is used for recreational fun and is no different than having a swimming pool, a swingset, or trampoline in your backyard. My yard just happens to have concrete to skate on and have fun. I have done everything to ensure no one else's property was affected with storm water runoff so the dirt police don't come after me, my yard is completely fenced in and i have a security system in place so no one can just waltz on to the property and do what they want or get hurt. This is a blatent violation of my rights as a homeowner to have fun in my own back yard. Jen and I are fed up and tired of the bullying done to us by the township and are taking a stand. I need your help to change the tide and rewrite the book of life to give people the freedom to do what they want and what they love in their own backyard without being harrassed by the man. Please help to make a difference and share this with everyone you know and please sign.

In the words of a skater NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A PEBBLE AND WE ARE THAT PEBBLE.

I JUST WANT TO SKATE!

Thank you
Josh and Jen Schaeffer
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