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Golden Gate SK8 Park…

A bunch of bitter shits called “Friends of the Haight” (fitting name) are trying to block the moving forward of the waller street skate park. The SFSA has sent out this text below that you need to copy and past into an email to the following dude: ross.mirkarimi@sfgov.org

Dear Supervisor Mirkarimi,

Thank you for your hard work in  support of skateboarding in San  Francisco, as you know San Francisco has a rich tradition and culture  surrounding skateboarding. Over the past decade skateboarding has  become a mainstream recreational activity and sport, but The City has  been slow to build adequate facilities to support this growing youth  activity. To this end you have championed the creation of the first  skate park in your district at Waller St. in Golden Gate Park and we  the members of the San Francisco Skateboarding Association and the  skate community applaud you for this effort.     Recently there has been some negative people trying to derail  this, “Once in a lifetime chance” to bring a world class skate  facility and much needed, improved public multi-use space to the  greatest park in America. With the amount of homeless people  and  nefarious activity in that area something had to be done and you were  there to get it done.

Our children need this park.

Studies show kids can’t travel safely farther than two miles in The  City to get to various activities, and the only other skate parks are  in Crocker Amazon and Portero Del Sol in the Mission. How strange it  would be if we had no basketball courts? yet skateboarding is more  popular with kids than basketball. What about baseball diamonds?  skateboarding is now at the level of these other mainstream sports.  This park will not only serve the Haight but also the Panhandle,  Marina, Richmond, Sunset, Cole Valley, and the Western Addition. Many  more people will benefit from this skate park and surrounding public  space improvements than those who oppose it. With the “public  activation” of the Waller st. space with youth activities, a farmers  market and possibly a seasonal ice rink, it will become a vibrant  positive space created out of a dead end street.     We ask for your continued support despite recent “NIMBY”  accusations that it will bring noise and unwanted vandalism. These  complaints can be addressed and overcome at upcoming community based design  meetings. As we have seen with the creation of Portero Del Sol skate  park, the gang related activity, drug abuse and homeless vagabonds  have all but vanished, replacing negativity through skateboarding.  Isn’t this what is really needed in the Haight?     Please don’t waver in the face of ignorance and stereotypical fear of  skaters and continue to support the youth of San Francisco and  continue to be our champion.

Keep us Rollin’

Concerned Skater and Citizen

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