Build a skateboard park in New Bern, NC.

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The City of New Bern recently had fifty-five acres donated to them by Martin Marietta to complete almost 900 acres of land, now available for development for parks and recreation.  According to the Sun Journal (2017), City Manager Mark Stephens stated that this land, "provides an excellent opportunity for us to look at multi recreational opportunities."  The Sun Journal (2017) also reported that in a press conference, "Mayor Dana Outlaw said the planned park would provide much-needed recreational opportunities for local youth," describing the park as, “the next dream, the next Lawson Creek, the next Union Point for New Bern.”  Outlaw was quoted stating, “this is an opportunity for all of us to have something we’ve never had before” (Sun Journal, 2017).  In the same article, "Alderman Johnnie Ray Kinsey said the project was one of the biggest New Bern has seen," stating, “this is going to be an eyeopener for the whole seaboard," and, "this will attract people from all over the country” (Sun Journal, 2017). 

While New Bern has multiple recreational parks, none of them have a skateboard park.  The closest skateboard parks are at least hour away in any direction, unless you are lucky enough to know about the private spots, or have the money and skills to build your own.  This forces youth to skateboard in places where skateboarding is not allowed, unnecessarily putting our youth at risk of being injured, hit by automobiles, or getting in trouble with law enforcement.  According to Statista, there are approximately 6.4 million skateboarders in the U.S. (2017).  This year, the International Olympic Committee voted unanimously to include skateboarding in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.  Skateboarding keeps our youth active and away from underage drinking, drug use, and other unproductive activities.  Atlantic Beach recently built a skateboard park, and the park is always full of youth being active and having fun.  Both Greenville and Kinston are currently in the process of building skateboard parks.  It is time for New Bern to build a quality concrete skateboard park for our youth to have a safe place to skateboard, while at the same time promoting economic growth and attracting families from all over the country!

The purpose of this petition is to demonstrate there is a need for a skateboard park in the New Bern area.  This petition will be presented to the Board of Aldermen by a group of dedicated youth, and other interested parties, at the first of the year in hopes they will see the interest in, and significance of, building a quality concrete skateboard park in the new Martin Marietta Park for our youth.  Whether you have a child that skateboards or not, we ask you to please sign this petition in support of New Bern including a skateboard park in the Martin Marietta Park so our youth have the opportunity to do so if they choose.  Why not provide our youth with every opportunity available to be active, healthy, and engaged?  Thank you kindly from all of the skateboarders, and soon to be skateboarders, in the area for helping us get a quality local skateboard park!

*Please include (NB) at the end of your signature if you are a New Bern resident.*

References:

Statista (2017). Number of participants in skateboarding in the United States from 2006 to 2016 (in millions). Retrieved from: https://www.statista.com/statistics/191308/participants-in-skateboarding-in-the-us-since-2006/

Sun Journal (2017). New Bern Aldermen approve land donation for Martin Marietta Park. Retrieved from: http://www.newbernsj.com/news/20170927/new-bern-aldermen-approve-land-donation-for-martin-marietta-park  



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