The city of Newport Beach has a new ordinance prohibiting
skateboarding in some areas of most city parks. Shopping centers in Costa
Mesa and Newport Beach have signs prohibiting skateboarders from using
public walkways and other areas. Property damage has occurred in both
cities as a result of skateboarding.
Newport Beach Mayor Tod Ridgeway, in discussing a skateboard park, was
quoted in the Daily Pilot as saying, "I can assure you no skate park will
ever be built in a residential neighborhood in this city" ("Newport rolls
out new skate park plan," April 10). We feel that the Costa Mesa City
Council should have the same attitude.
The Daily Pilot reports in that same story that a debate over skate
parks has "met with years long opposition from residents who don't want
such a facility near their homes."
The city of Costa Mesa picked two sites for a skateboard park. Both
were rejected because of complaints from local residents. Obviously, a
great many citizens share our attitude.
The building of a skateboard park will not eliminate the damage caused
by some skateboarders. Rather than attacking us, skateboarders should
consider the results of their behavior.
* LU AND DIANA WALKER are Costa Mesa residents.