October 16, 2012
What solution do you propose for the unsightly and crime-prone Issaquah Skate Park?
Make the community center the main trailhead to Tiger Mountain in Issaquah to create more traffic in the area, and then improve the skate park without fencing where it stands.
Kids who do skate-related activities need a place to do them that is safe.
Bulldoze it and rebuild one in a high-traffic, visible location.
Either monitor the facility more closely or close it.
Better lighting, volunteers keeping watch and updating Issaquah police.
Patrol and/or monitor the area by police and volunteers who will call in problems observed. Talk about it in classrooms. Let the kids know residents won’t tolerate it.
Demolish and rebuild in open public area. Redmond, Kirkland and Renton are good examples.
Patrol it or close it. Arrest the dope pushers hanging out there and along the adjoining trail.
How about neighborhood watch and all those community-active teenagers we keep hearing about — what are they doing about it?
The city should open a new, centrally located skate park. Our kids need recreational outlets. Unfortunately, the current skate park only encourages nefarious activities.
Relocate it to a view unobstructed location where police can drive by and see its activity from their patrol cars. What about on Memorial Field?
Bernadette E. Anne
The skate park should not be buried in a far corner unseen by passers-by. It needs to be relocated to a very visible, 24-hour daily location where cars and pedestrians pass by and can see goings-on no matter the hour. That’s what other cities do.