Skate Park Safety

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Hundreds of area skaters and bikers hit the skate park in Bowling Green on Saturday for "Skater Appreciation Day".

The park opened on April 14th at Roland Bland Park and has been full of people of all ages ever since.

"I think it's great for the kids. I think they needed it", says parent, Leann Chapman.

"They love it. They beg everyday to come!", says parent, Lori Elrod.

"It's been amazing", says skater, Isaiah Staten.

Isaiah Staten has been skating for almost two years. He's been to the skate park numerous times already and says there's always a big crowd.

"The first week it was here it was packed! We had people coming from Nashville coming every day", says Staten.

So many kids using the new park should be a good thing, but several parents have noticed a problem.

"I wish we would see more parents! I will never leave my kids here just because there is that danger of them getting hurt", says Elrod.

"I've seen alot of parents just dropping their kids of and just leaving!", says Chapman.

When the skate park was built it was determined it would be just like any other park. That means no supervision. With some young children being dropped off without a parent or other adult to watch over them, there are worries about their safety.

"They definitely need to be supervised", says Elrod.

"This is not an extreme park but its got alot of extreme events in there, so parents need to be aware of what they're kids are doing no matter what they're doing, no matter if it's baseball, basketball, or anything. The skate park's no different", says Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Director, Ernie Gouvas.

Meanwhile Staten says, for the parents who have been coming with their children he's noticed more and more of them taking interest in this sport.

"Just hanging out with their kids and teaching them how to skate, hanging out with us, and just talking and chilling and stuff", says Staten.

One parent we spoke with says she's been to the park five times within the past two weeks with her children and has noticed alot of older kids using profanity.

She says she hopes they can address this issue and be better role models to the young children.

The profanity, among other issues such as littering were addressed at the park Saturday morning, and are expected to be cleared up soon.

As for the skate park, around 200 people are visiting it each day, with that number rising on the weekends to about 500 to 600.

For more on the Bowling Green skate park, click on the following link:
www.bowlinggreenskatepark.com


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