September 1, 2004
A "community build" for Danville's new skatepark is 9 a.m. Thursday at Millennium Park, and volunteers are needed. A concrete pad has been poured on the east end of the park. Danville has purchased the equipment from Skatewave, and the company will supervise the community build. Commissioner Jamey Gay said that any time that anyone can give will be appreciated. Tools will be provided, and the build is expected to last all day. Gay said that the skaters will be able to help put the finishing touches on after school.
May 7, 2004
Dear Editor: In regard to a recent letter stating that Jackson Park belongs to the community: Yes, I agree, but let me state a few facts. First of all, my husband and I have lived at 602 Parklawn Drive since March 1968, and the tennis court at Jackson Park is directly behind our house. While living on Parklawn, we have seen many disturbing and annoying happenings at the park. The previous basketball court had to be done away with due to excess noise, foul language, alcohol and a large amount of traffic.
July 28, 2004
Danville City Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to buy $41,000 of equipment for a skatepark from Skatewave. The company had the most votes on an online poll and on comment cards passed out when three companies brought equipment to the old Save-A-Lot parking lot to be tested by skaters. Commissioner Ryan Owens voted against the purchase, saying that he didn't think it was a wise use of taxpayer money at this time. The park will be built on a concrete pad in Millennium Park and is expected to be finished by mid-August.
May 17, 2004
Dear Editor: After sitting in on the latest Danville City Commission meeting and watching Mayor Bowling "skate" around the Jackson Park improvement issues, I was sadly reminded of another individual who was afraid to stand up for what was right. When Pontius Pilate washed his hands of Jesus' blood before he gave the order to crucify him, it is seen today as a cowardly political move, and over 2,000 years later, we're still talking about it. Neither the park or any of us will be around a couple of millenniums from now, but that's the point.
February 11, 2004
Dear Editor: Last year, on the front page of the Oct. 30 edition of The Advocate-Messenger, you ran a story profiling some local youth and their quest to have a skateboard, rollerblading, and biking facility built here in Danville. In this article, you stated that the City Commision budgeted $50,000 for this purpose although "no plans for a location or equipment had been finalized. " Several months have passed, and I have yet to see any groundbreaking on this venture. Although I am past the skateboarding phase of my life, I do realize the importance of a facility such as this, which would benifit all ages of our community, by giving the local youth a safe, law-abiding place to skate.
September 17, 2004
Dear Editor: On behalf of the kids, we would like to thank everyone who has been supportive of our efforts in getting a skatepark, finally! For those of you who have not been out to Millennium Park to check it out, please do so. It will be worth your time to see the smiles on these kids' faces. You will see all ages and skill levels. It is an awesome park! Paul Sirimongkhon Danville
July 14, 2004
HARRODSBURG - A skatepark will not be built at Anderson-Dean Community Park for some time, but the interest has not waned. Two companies that produce the equipment, Skatewave and Premier, stopped by the park here Friday on their way to Danville to demonstrate their wares, said park Director Mark Bryant. Bryant said he was impressed with both companies' products and that representatives will return for a larger demonstration at Anderson-Dean. Park Board Chairman Bill Wickliffe said the skatepark is on the board's list of priorities, but that does not mean it will be built soon.
May 17, 2004
Dear Editor: I may not be a skateboarder but I understand what this park will mean to my friends and me. America is a growing nation and Danville is a growing town. We've made it a point to be leaders, and in sports and recreation we have failed. This skatepark would bring about many positive changes. Some people complain because we skate where we are not allowed, but this park would give us a home place to skate. The commission says that Jackson Park isn't right, well what place is right?
May 11, 2004
Dear Editor: Many strong arguments have been made for the need for our young people to have a skatepark. I do not think you will find many people who would object to the skatepark. I do think you will find a number of people that object to the proposed location of such a park. Residents in the area of Jackson Park object to the skatepark being located here for a number of reasons. The main objection is the traffic and the manner in which people drive on Crosshill Road. For most, there is no such thing as a speed limit.
May 18, 2004
Dear Editor: After reading all of the articles about the skatepark and living on the street leading to the park for 35 years, it seems to me that it is about economics and safety. I am in favor of our youth having a place to enjoy their sport. Build a safe, quality facility. The surface on the two tennis courts that are being considered for the skate park is in terrible condition. It does not seem to be cement, which is needed as a base for the equipment. The nets have not been maintained for several years so the courts could not be used to play tennis.