'An older kid' responds
Being one of the "older kids" at the skate park, I have a bit of my own to say about the letter on Peggy Wells.
First of all, in defense of everyone who skates and rides bikes at the skate park, the 'older kids' have not run anyone out of the park. We do however, absolutely discourage little kids from running around without parental supervision.
What happens is a parent will bring anywhere between one to half a dozen or more kids to the skate park who run around without a bike, skateboard, scooter, or roller blades. On more than one occasion, they have been close to getting hurt because they run between and on top of the ramps without any regard for the people riding back and forth between them. We are completely supportive of a younger and/or less experienced kid trying to learn to ride a bike or use a skateboard, but the park isn't for anyone wanting to slide down a ramp on their butts. There are two playgrounds on each side of the park for that purpose.
Secondly, the part about the drugs and drinking is ridiculous. The couple of kids that got in trouble don't even skate or bike at the park. Honestly, the people who do skate and bike there would be happier to have them go somewhere else. We don't want to jeopardize the good thing we have going with this park. I myself have never done any sort of drug or ever even had a sip of alcohol. My point is that the skate park isn't going to cause someone to drink or do drugs, and any problem with drugs isn't exclusive to the skate park. Unfortunately, it is common in Buckeye Lake to smell marijuana coming from inside someone's house, or see someone stumbling down the street with a beer in their hand.
Please keep us out of your arguments. Jeremy Walker Buckeye Lake