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Parents of teen-agers should be aware that the “requirements” for protective gear (including helmets) to be worn at the skateboard park in Grass Valley are not being enforced. Evidently, the city has no plans to enforce the posted rules. Surprisingly, there is no adult supervisor at the skateboard facility.



A recent visit to the skateboard park found more than 60 young people enjoying the activity, but only four were wearing helmets. A call to the posted phone number “to report violators” simply yielded non-responsiveness and frustration. The ages of the boarders ranged from very early adolescents to young adults.




As a supporter of a skateboarding facility for our community, I am now dismayed by the absence of active management of this worthy but hazardous activity. Without helmets particularly, the risk of serious injury is greatly enhanced. Aside from possible legal implications, there are moral issues. At best, the City of Grass Valley risks losing in the court of public opinion.

Just one catastrophic injury will place the future use of the skateboard facility in serious jeopardy. All of the years of struggle and planning will likely go down the drain, and it will be the young people of the community who will lose out. And no one wants any youngster to sustain a major lifelong injury or worse, particularly if it could have been prevented.

Also, what message is the City of Grass Valley giving our youth by posting regulations at the site and not making any effort to enforce them? Then we wonder why youngsters are sometimes confused and irresponsible.

The skateboard facility is a wonderful community asset, but only if the basic safety of the participants is a high priority.

Lee Blakemore

Penn Valley


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