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Pinole Teen Fighting for Skatepark Says Council Does Not Keep its Word (VIDEO)

"Skateboarding is about freedom, personal expression and inner creativity," Max Glanz told he Contra Costa Times.

 

The Contra Costa Times ran an interesting story Monday about a Pinole teen named Max Glanz, who has been pushing for a skatepark in Pinole since he was a young kid. 

The ardent skateboarder was a preteen when he first appeared before the Pinole City Council in 2006 to advocate for a skate park so that he and his friends, tired of being chased away by school custodians, property managers and police, could have a legal venue to ply their sport in their home city.

Seven years have passed, and still no skatepark. Glanz is now saying that the council has not kept its word. 

In recent years, the skatepark budget has been cut from $344,000 to $112,000 according to the Contra Costa Times

Glanz's mom says the community has made room for people to play tennis, basketball and swimming, but not for skateboarding. 

Check out the Contra Costa Times for the ins and outs of the skatepark situation and to hear more from Glanz. 

Do you want to see a skatepark in Pinole? What are your thoughts on the Times story? 

Watch some of Glanz's skating videos above, some of which are shot in Pinole locations. 

Michelle February 20, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Just another example of city's not willing to invest in our youth. People wonder why kids aren't on the correct paths in life. Invest in our children and their interests and we invest in a greater future. Not all kids enjoy basketball or baseball. I'd bring my son every weekend if we had a skatepark!
Susan D.Keeffe February 20, 2013 at 06:06 PM
A park would be a better and safer option than the cement ramp some kids built on the bridge By Bayfront Park. Its also a lot safer than the streets and jumping curbs. If it can be built, I'm all for it. If funding is an issue, how about exploring grants and fund raisers?
Michelle February 20, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Fundraising is a great idea Susan!!
kp February 21, 2013 at 04:22 AM
The tennis courts were in the budget and on the agenda much longer than the skate park.. funds have been cut and diverted from there as well. Bottom line there just is not enough funding for all of the recreational activities in Pinole. It would also be nice if there were an area with night lighting besides the tennis courts. Since it is the only venue with lighting soccer players, skaters, and other groups utilize it; ruining the playing surface an. d the nets, which then requires more money to just keep it playable.
William Brown February 21, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Wouldn't the city be liable for any injuries sustained at the skate park??? Is it really that difficult to build? Has anybody reached out to Red Bull for funding???

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