DO YOU THINK THIS IS A DANGEROUS SPORT?
As usual I was shocked at the danger several young people put themselves in near Houston’s city hall Wednesday afternoon. I was getting out of the news unit when I spotted several skateboarders having what they call fun. They were sitting at the top of a small hill with a metal surface just off the street. After the cars passed each of them went for it. They actually skateboarded (if that’s a word) through the cars and each red light cycle. They did it time and time again on Walker at Bagby Streets. I thought to myself this is quite dangerous. They could kill themselves. But apparently the skateboarders weren’t feeling the same way. Do you think this is a dangerous sport?
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING PRESS RELEASE HAS ARRIVED JUST IN TIME FOR THIS POST-
Announcing a World-Class Skatepark for Houston
A Public In-Ground Skatepark for All to Enjoy
WHAT: A new place for the young and young-at-heart to ride the bowl, grind the rail or skate the half-pipe will soon open right here in Houston. Early next summer, Houstonians will have a public, state-of-the-art, 30,000 square-foot in-ground skatepark.
MEDIA OPP: On Thursday, June 14, 2007, city leaders and avid skaters will announce the name of the park, provide an opportunity to visit the future site of the park and will be available to discuss the importance of the new park facility to Houstonians.
Interviews and photo opportunities available with:
Mayor Bill White
Joe Jamail, Donor
Roksan Okan-Vick, Executive Director, Houston Parks Board
Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department
Barry Blumenthal, Jason Espeseth, Public Use Skateparks for Houston
B-roll containing footage of skaters in similar facilities and interviews with Houston skaters will be available.
WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 2007
11:00 a.m. – Park site opens
11:30 a.m. – Remarks and Interview Opportunity
WHERE: North end of Sabine Street Bridge – at the Houston Parks and Recreation Department access path. A shuttle cart will bring you to the site West of Sabine St. Bridge.
WHY: Skateboarding is the third most popular sport in the country for people ages 6-18. The goal of this project is to build one of the finest skateparks in the United States and to provide thousands of Houstonians with a great place for skateboarding and inline skating. The park will be located at the end of Sabine Street along Houston’s beautiful Memorial Parkway. The Houston Parks Board, the City of Houston and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department are committed to working together to provide a fun and safe facility for skateboarders.