Kudos all-around for skatepark effort | RecordCourier.com

Kudos all-around for skatepark effort

Record-Courier Editorial

As early as next summer, dozens and dozens of Carson Valley kids may be enjoying the amenities of the county’s new skateboarding facility at Lampe Park.

After years of work by a coalition of youths and adults, the skatepark will become a reality. County commissioners and parks and recreation commissioners voted unanimously to create the $70,000 to $140,000 facility at Lampe, the county’s oldest park.

We would like to congratulate all the players for their contributions to the effort:

The skaters, their parents and supporters who never gave up on their goal of bringing a skatepark to Carson Valley;

The county officials who worked with the skating enthusiasts to realize their dream;

And, finally, Douglas County commissioners and parks and recreation commissioners who saw the need for the park and approved the Lampe location.

For many years, skaters have adhered to the motto: “Skateboarding is not a crime.” They’ve worked hard to win over opponents to the project and critics of the sport who view skaters as young trouble-makers in baggy clothing who have been run off every parking lot, stairway and curb in the Valley.

We’d also like to commend the students at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School who raised nearly $1,000 in two weeks toward the skatepark. Their fund drive is in memory of young Ryan O’Sullivan who died in September of complications of asthma. The 16-year-old was a driving force behind the effort to create the park, and we think he would be pleased with Thursday’s outcome.