One last look at the ramps

07.16.2008 by André Natta · → 18 Comments

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Skate ramps at 7 a.m., Homewood Park. acnatta/Flickr

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We headed over to Homewood’s Central Park early this morning (approximately 7 a.m.) to get this photo – probably one of the last of the skate park ramps before they were disassembled today (al.com video) following last night’s vote by the city’s Parks and Recreation Board to take them down because of increased issues.

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Heath Tyler
Heath Tyler

x 1,000,000 for everything that people have already posted.

Heath Tyler
Heath Tyler

x 1,000,000 for everything that people have already posted.

peter karvonen
peter karvonen

Wouldnt bringing skaters in from neighboring cities be a positive aspect of the skatepark. I know i bought gas, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks etc...whenever i would go to the homewood skatepark. Now i must say i havent been to homewood since to spend my money. Skateboarding will live on! Read the article about us building concrete stuff to skate under a bridge in northside! Got any support for us???? Please email me. Materials, connections with the city to lobby for the land, man power, anything???

peter karvonen
peter karvonen

Wouldnt bringing skaters in from neighboring cities be a positive aspect of the skatepark. I know i bought gas, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks etc...whenever i would go to the homewood skatepark. Now i must say i havent been to homewood since to spend my money. Skateboarding will live on! Read the article about us building concrete stuff to skate under a bridge in northside! Got any support for us???? Please email me. Materials, connections with the city to lobby for the land, man power, anything???

Urban Fabric
Urban Fabric

I had always hoped that Hoover would have a skatepark, but now with Homewood taking the skatepark away I doubt it will ever happen.

Urban Fabric
Urban Fabric

I had always hoped that Hoover would have a skatepark, but now with Homewood taking the skatepark away I doubt it will ever happen.

logicala
logicala

i'm completely disheartened to see the skate park come down. i come from chicago and when i moved down here, was proud to see that a town like homewood had such a park right in it's center. i thought how progressive the city was in embracing this as a provision for free outdoor recreation for it's residents. it's the lack of a place to go that causes problems. every time i drove past, the park was crowded with all kinds of people, and that's a special thing for town to have: unity. now what?

logicala
logicala

i'm completely disheartened to see the skate park come down. i come from chicago and when i moved down here, was proud to see that a town like homewood had such a park right in it's center. i thought how progressive the city was in embracing this as a provision for free outdoor recreation for it's residents. it's the lack of a place to go that causes problems. every time i drove past, the park was crowded with all kinds of people, and that's a special thing for town to have: unity. now what?

RialtoChad
RialtoChad

It saddens me to see the skate portion of the park go. Although I rarely frequent that park, I always admired Homewood for including it. I'll be interested to see if the removal of the skate park has any real impact on the criminal activity there. It may be that the Board has been too quick to judge and has based their decisions more on stereotypes than on any real evidence as to the root of the problem. Then again, they may be spot on. Regardless, I still see the removal of the park as a loss to the city.

RialtoChad
RialtoChad

It saddens me to see the skate portion of the park go. Although I rarely frequent that park, I always admired Homewood for including it. I'll be interested to see if the removal of the skate park has any real impact on the criminal activity there. It may be that the Board has been too quick to judge and has based their decisions more on stereotypes than on any real evidence as to the root of the problem. Then again, they may be spot on. Regardless, I still see the removal of the park as a loss to the city.

barnes
barnes

While the Mayor had a valid point, most of the skaters causing the issues are from other towns, and with out the skatepark, they'd have no reason to return, I still think it was wrong to get rid of it. Perhaps a bit more enforcement. Payed rates for non-locals, or a membership of sorts. Bad way to go about it, but will probably be effective.

barnes
barnes

While the Mayor had a valid point, most of the skaters causing the issues are from other towns, and with out the skatepark, they'd have no reason to return, I still think it was wrong to get rid of it. Perhaps a bit more enforcement. Payed rates for non-locals, or a membership of sorts. Bad way to go about it, but will probably be effective.

Urban Fabric
Urban Fabric

It was because of the skatepark that I started going back to Homewood park. It's sad that because of a few incidents that the whole skate portion of the park will be taken down. Homewood needs to rethink.

Urban Fabric
Urban Fabric

It was because of the skatepark that I started going back to Homewood park. It's sad that because of a few incidents that the whole skate portion of the park will be taken down. Homewood needs to rethink.

Jules
Jules

Actually, I rescind my previous comment... What the hell were these kids doing outside in the first place? Shouldn't they have been on the couch watching reruns of American Idol?

Jules
Jules

Actually, I rescind my previous comment... What the hell were these kids doing outside in the first place? Shouldn't they have been on the couch watching reruns of American Idol?

Jules
Jules

I'm thinking in the next few months we'll start seeing news stories about the increase of skateboarding on public property. Sure the park board wants to recognize the few negative incidents at the park, but what about recognizing the more numerous incidents where teens were skateboarding instead of causing trouble elsewhere? I skateboarded from middle school through college and consider it a positive effect on my life. I used to frequent the Homewood skate park and never had any problems there. These people are overreacting, to say the least.

Jules
Jules

I'm thinking in the next few months we'll start seeing news stories about the increase of skateboarding on public property. Sure the park board wants to recognize the few negative incidents at the park, but what about recognizing the more numerous incidents where teens were skateboarding instead of causing trouble elsewhere? I skateboarded from middle school through college and consider it a positive effect on my life. I used to frequent the Homewood skate park and never had any problems there. These people are overreacting, to say the least.