Skaters looking for more space

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"Tear it down," shouted skaters at the Moose Jaw skate park Tuesday afternoon. 


Preston Hartman does an air jump at the Moose Jaw skate park Tuesday afternoon. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric 

The park was packed with teenagers on their bikes, scooters and skateboards and they weren't happy. The number one complaint amongst them all is that the park is just too small.

They compete for space against kids who are younger than 10 and it can cause havoc and danger for everyone involved. People often get called snakes because skaters or bikers are continuously bumping into each other. 

"Even White City has a better skate park than we do," shouted one passerby mid interview. "And they have a smaller population than we do!"

The people who use the skatepark are hoping for some changes because they recognize the park makes a positive contribution to their life and they want to continue to enjoy it. 

However, on some days it can be hard to enjoy due to lack of space. 

The park is made of an asphalt surface that is 30 metres by 34 metres and includes five concrete structures, like a banked wall, spine, transitioned wall, fun box with handrails and a pyramid. It was designed to accommodate skateboard, inline and BMX riders. 

However, enthusiasts who use the park say it's not big enough. They want to perfect their craft and improve on the skills they already have. And driving on the streets and through neighbourhoods don't cut it because they love their air jumps. 

"The skate park is okay,  but it needs to be expanded, or a bigger one needs to be made," said Preston Hartman, a regular at the skate park. 

Some suggestions being thrown around include giving the current skate park to kids under 10, and building a bigger one for older kids to use. 

Despite their recommendations for improvement, they still have fun at the park because it's a way to be entertained and hang out with friends. 

The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. 

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