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Our vision for this skate park is at the site of the demolished Wean building near the Mahoning River and the Market Street Bridge. The city has existing plans for a park and green space in this area and a skate park would be a perfect addition to revitalize this area. This impressive park will be the first thing you see when crossing the Market Street Bridge into downtown Youngstown.
Our goal is to bring a safe, durable skate park that will enhance our community in many ways. High quality concrete skate parks require little to no maintenance and are preferred and enjoyed by skateboarders, bmx cyclists, freestyle scooter riders, inline skaters and roller skaters. Like the Covelli Centre, a public skate park is an unique attraction that will bring people of all ages to downtown Youngstown in a family friendly atmosphere. A skate park in our city would provide free outdoor recreation for youth and adults alike. It will help make downtown Youngstown a destination not only for our residents, but for people from nearby cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton. This skate-able art will provide decades of entertainment and will help revitalize and enhance the aesthetics of our city.
Benefits of a public skate park:
Builds community. Provides a gathering place for people of all ages, encouraging residents to get to know one another and build friendships. Provides a safer skating or riding environment. Less than 5% of all skateboarding injuries occur in skateparks. Our public streets, sidewalks, stairs, and curbs are not safe places to skate. A majority of fatal skateboarding accidents that occur in the street involve a motor vehicle.
Boosts local business. When residents are not interested in their neighborhood, they are less likely to “hang out” and use its services. Additionally, visitors from other cities will come to use the skatepark, buying lunch and “gassing up” before returning home.
Improves health and well-being. Lack of physical activity is a problem in our country. A free sport is an excellent way to encourage physical fitness, improve coordination, build new skills, and get people away from tv and videos games, giving them access to fresh air and exercise!
Lowers crime. Provides an additional productive activity, a place, a sense of belonging, and an identity. Boredom in our youth is not helpful: ask any parent, community group, or public authority! Do you know of a space or activity that exists downtown for young adults under the age of 21?
Enhances, improves, and revitalizes our city. Skate parks are downright cool! It will make our city look modern – Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton all have skate parks! Add Youngstown to this list and give residents a sense of PRIDE! Downtown is a centralized location, and unlike other neighborhood parks in the different City Wards, ALL residents will be drawn downtown to utilize the skate park, giving a sense of ownership to everyone.
The growing popularity of skateboarding, eight million strong. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Statistical Abstract, skateboarding had approximately 8,418,000 participants in 2009. Among the 40 sports and fitness activities that the census covered, skateboarding ranked 26th, ahead of such sports as hockey, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. It did rank first among the so-called action or extreme sports, with millions more participants than snowboarding, water skiing and inline skating.