Does Powder Springs Need a Skate Park?
Yes, says 161 signers in an online petition, as well as Mayor Pat Vaughn, who announced in October one will be built in a future phase of the Linear Park along Sailors Parkway.
The construction of a skate park in Powder Springs has the support of at least 161 people.
That's the number of folks who have signed an online petition that says: "Time to unite and get our skate spot in Powder Springs. As you will all agree we have had our trials. Police stopping us and making us move on. No skate parks within walking/skating distance for us to use."
One signer says: "Please build a skate park for the youth in Powder Springs. We cannot skate on the streets, every time we are seen skating, no matter where we are, we are told to stop. There is absolutley nowhere to skate."
"We were East Cobb residents for 13 years and our son was also an avid skateboarder. The lack of a skateboard park in the vicinity of our home necessitated the use of parking lots," another writes.
Currently, skateboards, roller skates and any similar devices are prohibited inside the city limits from roads, sidewalks and any public parking area. As for unincorporated Cobb, there isn't such a law in the county's Code of Ordinances.
The estimated project cost is $1.2 million, with $750,000 approved by voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST.
Nearby skate parks already built include one at Deer Lick Park in Douglasville and Progressive Skate Park on Marietta Highway in Canton.
At an election forum in October 2011, Mayor Pat Vaughn announced that a skate park is on the "drawing board" for one of the future phases of the Linear Park being built along Sailors Parkway across from the police station at the Silver Comet Trail. It's construction, she said, will depend on impact fees coming into the city.
We want to know what you think.