Letter: Safety first at Kamloops skate park


Things have changed a lot since I was a kid.

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My friends and I usually had the skate park to ourselves.

For safety reasons, it’s time to get some rules and regulations in order. Skateboarding and other activities are a great way to promote self-discipline, creativity and self-expression. I am excited to see such an engagement from the youth.

Today, the skate park is busy every night and it’s only a matter of time before a toddler riding on a bicycle gets seriously injured in a collision.

Skateboarding is a high-speed activity and boards, shoes and helmets are always flying everywhere. Children ages 12 and under should have to take a mandatory safety course to learn the rules of the park and how to stay safe.

Just as if one is driving a car, one must always keep right, always be aware of one’s surroundings and never dart left, into the centre, without a full 360-degree shoulder check.

Age restrictions and a mandatory safety course certification is only a short-term solution because on any given Friday night, there are dozens of people using the McArthur Island facility.

I think it is time to get funding in order and build a beginner’s plaza.

Graeme Martel

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