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Harrisburg City Skatepark

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The local community of alternative sports fans are coming together to support the creation of a skatepark in Harrisburg, Il. Q: What is different about our community vs. Herrin, Carterville, Marion, and even Goreville? A: These communities have put together and constructed areas for local skateboarders, BMX riders, and inline skaters to utilize for their respected sports. The Harrisburg park district has recently spent 30,000 dollars on a tennis court. This money is going to waste. The very small amount of individuals that play tennis in Harrisburg should not warrant a $30,000.00 court. Skateboarding and other alternative sports are rising in local communities. The need is now here.

Q: How would our community benefit from building a skatepark?

A: A skatepark provides a safe environment for individuals to spend recreational time. Children and teenagers are becoming less active in our community because they say “we don’t have anything to do”. A skatepark provides a fun environment while promoting an active lifestyle. A skatepark will also generate more business to local stores and shops.

Q: Is a skatepark really safe?

A: No extreme sport is 100% safe. Skate parks are designed for extreme sports specifically with safety a number one thought. Helmets would be encouraged and park hours would be limited.

Q: Where would the community put a skatepark?

A: The Harrisburg town Park. The park has multiple areas that have not been used in years. The old stage on the west side of the park would be an excellent location. Also there is a half-court basketball court that could be expanded and a park built on it. Finally, there are two $30,000.00 tennis courts that can be divided by a fence and one side be dedicated to a skatepark.

These reasons are some of many, but the truth is that there is not that much entertainment for young people in our community. Governor Bruce Rauner has stated that we need to make Illinois a desirable state to live. That isn’t done just by jobs, taxes, and economy; It’s also done through community and having more to offer.

Please help support the Harrisburg City Skatepark by signing our petition.

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