By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Back on May 18th, the city council started to work on a paper to ban skateboarding in the main downtown area of the city, to the surprise of the local skaters (most of them young teens) the city-stated that the measures and discussion was going to be held to ensure the safety of the young teens that were “at-risk” since they were performing the discipline out on the streets.
But we call BS! And so did many of the young locals that stood up against the measure and explained that (as for many of us) skateboarding has become a big part of their lives, enjoyment, and development! Local skaters set to prove that not only the measures were not intended to protect them, but also that it was going to do the complete opposite and endanger them since the ban was set up to prevent from kids to skate in plazas and sidewalks which was obviously going to make them ride on the same grounds as vehicles did, in fact, they stated that the reason the ban was being put up was actually that people surrounding the area frequented by skaters, complained about the noise they made.
One young dudette even got hard proof that the noise made by skaters was not even half of the noise made by regular traffic in the area, doing so with her mobile device and an app that measures noise decibels.
The Final Call
On Monday, local media confirmed that the law was finally approved, in spite of the constant calls and meetings set up by local skaters trying to prevent the decision. One of the biggest concerns is that the decision does not benefit anyone BUT directly affects the growing local skate scene of the city, who doesn’t even have a skatepark for the dudes and dudettes to be able to practice the discipline safely.
Haynes Bridge Road, Canton, Roswell, Marietta, and Church Streets (the places skated the most) are specifically pointed out in the ban, sidewalks, and even parking lots are off the limits for skateboards and longboards, up to $500 and 20 hours of community service is what local skaters could be facing if there are minors (which conveniently most are) their parents will be subject to pay the fines.
So What’s Next?
There is a huge concern among the local scene and we should all be outraged by how the situation is being handled since it could cause a whole new generation of skaters to just drop their boards, and event parents forbidding kids to skate to avoid paying fines.
There is, however, an exception that states that skaters 12 and under are able to skate were the ban is set for older skaters, but they need to be accompanied by an adult, if you ask us, that SHIT® doesn’t make any sense and its just a bone the local government is trowing out there to avoid controversy for the decision.
There is also talk that the city will open a “temporary” skatepark in Union Hill Park next month, which is still to be seen…
How Can You Help?
Local skater D.J. Snyder, 27, started a petition that has received nearly 900 signatures to build a propper skate park at Wills Park, which is something they have been requesting for years now without any response.
If you want to help out the local skate scene in Alpharetta you can sign the petition and donate here!!
There you have it my dudes and dudettes, make sure to help out in any way you can, just sharing the information on your social media would be of great help, it doesn’t matter in which part of the world you are! you can sign and share the petition which would take 5 minutes of your time! Let’s help out these guys get the skatepark they deserve!
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