Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Could We Be Getting Closer to a Resolution on the Skate Park?

Following a winter and then a spring of discontent, skateboard moms (which are basically hockey moms on wheels) in Sunland-Tujunga got tired of getting the run-around from City Rec and Parks as to the status of Sunland Park's beloved skate park. 

The skate park, extremely popular, prevents opportunities to our youth, many of whom are at-risk, in a community that is park and opportunity poor for youth. 

An impromptu coalition of skate park stakeholders was assembled by locals Yvonne David, Sophia Theodoropoulos-Herbaugh and Irene Theodoropoulos-Anderson. The group demanded answers, started a petition and fired up the social media channels that led the local Neighborhood Council to put the item on it's next agenda and a scurry by Rec and Parks spokesfolks to come up with some kind of story.

Despite a lot of jamming, fear, uncertainty and doubt created by the usual sources, the Skateboard Moms persevered and got action from Rec and Parks. Construction began, and occasionally, one or two or three workers would be seen on the site.

As we got closer to a scheduled June completion date, radio silence has been once again the nature of the game with emails and calls going unanswered - until today.

According to Mrs. David, "Robert Oyakawa, RAP Landscape Architect, will be attending the Oro Vista Meeting and will provide an update on the Sunland Skate park project.". The meeting he apparently is referring to is the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council meeting this Wednesday night.

Will there be an official announcement of completion? Will the kids of Sunland-Tujunga be able to skate again? Stayed tuned to this channel for important news and information as it becomes available!


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