The frustration local skateboarders are feeling over the slowness of the Danville City Commission to build a skatepark has been shared by many other local residents, over many other local issues since Mayor John Bowling was returned to office in November 2002.
After the mayor and his supporters on the commission fired former city manager Steve Biven, it took the commission nearly a year to hire a new one. When the city commission was looking for a site for a new fire station, it waited until a year, and a 50-percent rise in the price, had passed before it finally took action.
Now city officials are toying with the skateboarders. The money - $45,000 - is in the budget to build the park, but the city's young people are still waiting for a facility.
What are Mayor Bowling and the other city commissioners waiting for? This issue has been thoroughly hashed out and discussed. Certainly after two years of debate, all of the pros and cons of the skatepark issue have been laid on the table.