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Danville: Community input sought on skate park

Online survey asks residents about level of interest, preferred locations for new skate park

The town of Danville is continuing to mull over the possibility of creating a multi-use skate park somewhere within the town, and officials have created an online survey in order to collect community input on the matter.

Open now through Sept. 15, the survey aims to determine residents’ interest in a skate park facility as well as possible locations where it could be built, town staff will collect the data gathered and present it to the Town Council for consideration sometime in October.

A Danville skate park was first suggested in 2017 after it was identified as a possibly popular option in the 2017 Danville Parks, Recreation and Arts Strategic Plan, during which time $20,000 was budgeted to conduct a skate park feasibility study.

The Town Council accepted the study in September 2018, and while the study identified a portion of Sycamore Valley Park, near Sycamore Valley Elementary School, as the best location for a skate park, town staff returned the issue to staff to seek further input from the community.

Four potential parks the survey listed as possible locations for the skate park include:

*Diablo Vista Park, 1000 Tassajara Ranch Dr.

*Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road

*Osage Station Park, 816 Brookside Dr.

*Sycamore Valley Park, 2101 Holbrook Dr.

As of Thursday, initial results indicate that 92.4% of registered survey takers support having a skate park within town limits and the average consensus lists Diablo Vista Park as the preferred location.

The survey is available online now and can be accessed online at www.opentownhall.com/7798.

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14 people like this
Posted by Dan Davis
a resident of Danville
on Aug 30, 2019 at 8:04 am

Excellent idea as skaters currently have limited/no facilities within the Town. Danville is one of the few towns in the area that doesn't have a place for them to go.


11 people like this
Posted by Danville resident
a resident of Danville
on Aug 30, 2019 at 8:09 pm

Personally, skate parks have always looked trashy and they end up looking dirty and prone to graffiti, bringing down a neighborhood. I am apposed to it.


5 people like this
Posted by Wilson
a resident of Danville
on Aug 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

Last thing we need in Danville is a skate park. It will bring in undesirables from other cities, and become a hangout for marijuana and other drug users. Actual teens in Danville are busy, with school, organized Mustang Soccer, football, baseball, swimming activities, and this skate park is not necessary and is a waste of our tax dollars and resources. If there is "extra tax dollars sitting around", use it to update and improve our parks for actual tax paying residents, and do not subsidize activities for non-residents.

Ask yourself, do you want a skate park near your home? The obvious answer is no, as it will drop property values.

The only people pushing for this park are those who would profit from it, i.e. the builders of the park, who are organizing an effort to falsely make it look like us citizens of Danville really want this thing.
If you want an increase of teen delinquents in our town and drug use, bring the skate park.


7 people like this
Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Sep 2, 2019 at 9:45 am

Danville resident, Wilson, and all the haters:

I used to agree with you before I had children and when they were babies. My neighbor’s children used to skateboard outside and make so much noise; and when they were teenagers, they would cause a lot of trouble. The city skate parks are always dirty, full of graffiti, undesirables, and drug/sex paraphernalia.

However, when my children and their friends became interested in skateboarding, my opinion changed. There are many people young and old who love this activity. Skateboarding is an Olympic sport! When you go to skateboard parks in THIS area, you’ll find many families with parents who are not only there to watch their own children but to watch and help everyone around.

I would have to disagree with Wilson. My children played many sports and still got interested in skateboarding. It is very closed minded to think that Danville children only get into team sports. This is not true! Skateboarding is great for all kinds of kids/adults even the ones that do not participate in team sports. There are many kids in this area that are already sponsored by skateboarding companies. I don’t see football, baseball, basketball, or soccer sponsoring young teenagers.

In my opinion, Sycamore Park is the best place for this new Danville skate park. Right now, Sycamore has something for ALMOST everyone. I noticed that the Sycamore water fountain has been removed from location options. Although I have used this water fountain for many beautiful photos, sitting and enjoying the ambience, and walking around the beauty; I am willing to sacrifice to allow every Danville skateboarder a place to enjoy. Danville skateboarders need a place to go!


8 people like this
Posted by Sarah
a resident of Blackhawk
on Sep 3, 2019 at 10:06 am

Wilson, let's support the youth in Danville who do not play Mustang soccer and whose parents do not belong to a club where they do swim team. There is a diversity of experiences for families growing up in Danville. Let's not fall into the stereotype others have of Danville as a place for only certain types of kids. BTW, I see lot's of "clean-cut" Danville kids skateboarding down Camino Tassajara!


5 people like this
Posted by Kerri
a resident of Danville
on Sep 3, 2019 at 9:29 pm

Build it !!! Our kiddos need more to do.


3 people like this
Posted by OliviaLynn
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2019 at 7:58 am

A skate park will do nothing but bring graffiti, drugs, and people from Oakland, Hayward and other areas of higher crime into Danville. Kids can skate all over the neighborhood, they don’t need a skate park, nor does our beautiful community of Danville. NO SKATE PARKS!


2 people like this
Posted by Kim
a resident of Danville
on Sep 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Olivia Lynn- maybe the people of Hayward and Oakland enjoy living in a more tolerant community. Danville isn’t for everyone. I’d like to think we are a welcoming community.


8 people like this
Posted by Garfield
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:59 am

Why can't we just build a new golf course or wine bar for the youngsters of Danville to hang out at? Then, we can more easily mold them into the perpetually-scared, entitled, self-righteous, and racist dogwhistling suburbanites they're destined to be! And there will be no threat to our already preposterous property values, which is as we all know the most important thing on Earth.


1 person likes this
Posted by Pat
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm

Skatepark is a great idea. Wilson and others who have the backwards idea that skateboarding brings in “undesirable people/drug users” need to actually go to a skatepark and stop believing everything you see in movies. I have skated for 25 years all over the Bay Area and I can tell you from experience real skateboarders respect community. This whole punk pot smoking hooligan stereo type really needs to stop.

I suggest you find the time to take a trip to the Fremont skatepark and actually spend some time there. I think that experience may change a lot of your conceptions of skateparks.


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