Sunday, January 11, 2009
Roosevelt Skate Park
I never thought I needed a skate park in my neighborhood until my first visit to our brand new skate park and now I love it. The first thing that struck me was how the skate park had just soaked up skaters from all over. Where were all these people before the park was built? There were people from the immediate neighborhood and people from as far away as San Diego. There were famous sponsored skaters and little skaters just getting started. Even the youngest, most hesitant skater was accorded a genuine respect by the others. I was struck by the harmony amongst the skaters. If there was an unwritten rule or a statement of protocol I think it would go like this: "Do what you want, when you're ready to do it and stay cool." The skaters are a very unexcitable group, very mellow. In the numerous times I've visited the park there have been no arguments, no raised voices, no discord, no lines or sign-ups. Just people doing what they love to do and watching others do the same.