Save our skate park! Vancouver community rallies against proposed closure
Following noise complaints, Mount Pleasant Park skateboard facility could be turned into grass
Hundreds of supporters of a local skate park in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood sent a strong message to the city's park board Sunday about future plans that include covering the site at Manitoba Street and 16th Avenue with grass.
Commissioners are also considering downgrading the facility to a beginner's course or removing it entirely and consulting with residents about the site's future use.
The proposed options follow multiple complaints from local residents who say young adults using the park after hours are making too much noise.
The city obtained an independent noise assessment. It shows noise levels exceeding those allowed for the neighbourhood when skate boarders are using the facility.
When plans to change the park were first announced, there was an immediate reaction from the skateboard community, and at least one former park board commissioner as well as a local architect.
This is bs and it will happen over my dead stiff lying next to Elenor Hadley. <a href="https://twitter.com/ParkBoard">@parkboard</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/vanpoli?src=hash">#vanpoli</a> <a href="http://t.co/SkxKVu3PTj">http://t.co/SkxKVu3PTj</a>—@sarahblyth
Skateboard parks are inexpensive to build and maintain but uneconomical to remove. Save Mt Pleasant's park. <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnCCoupar">@JohnCCoupar</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelVancity">@MichaelVancity</a>—@Alan__Davies
Save Mt Pleasant with <a href="https://twitter.com/pattibacchus">@pattibacchus</a> <a href="http://t.co/TnQyiU4k0a">pic.twitter.com/TnQyiU4k0a</a>—@sarahblyth
The meeting to decide the future of the Mount Pleasant skate park begins at 7 p.m. PT Monday, April 27.
with files from the CBC's Richard Zussman