I am not a skateboarder. But I am a homeowner in the Jackson Park neighborhood, and I'm writing in favor of locating a skatepark there. While I can understand the objections of those living on access roads to the park, surely all of us who live in the neighborhood understood when we bought homes here that we were adjacent to a public park.
As a minister and an adjunct professor at UK, I think I understand something of the frustrations of many young people who are often perturbed by, even alienated from, the deliberations of "adult" society. Given that Danville has budgeted the money and that assurances were given well over a year ago (at a city commission meeting which I attended); that a site is available in Jackson Park (the concrete base of abandoned tennis courts); and that safe, well-designed equipment can be purchased for the budgeted amount, it is difficult to explain to young people why this project cannot be completed. Do we really wish to send a message that adults do not keep their word or honor their commitments?