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Danville seeks community feedback on skate park project

Original post made on Dec 13, 2017

A new skate park may be coming to Danville, and the town is seeking residents' feedback on the project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9:21 PM

Comments (19)

Posted by Paul
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

This is what Danville doesn't need. It will pull undesirables in from outside the Danville area. It will be a public nuisance for nearby homeowners. Let Dublin build one.

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

OMG...first of all let's talk to San Ramon P.D., about the issues they have had throughout the life of their skate park at Central Park, they have had MANY! Second of all, the problems at Snake Park aka Diablo Vista Park are crazy including drug deals (which should only increase in January), underage drinking, fights and many other problems. Sycamore and Osage Parks do also not shy away from problems. I would think that the homeowners near all of those locations would be very upset. So, is the answer going to be limiting the hours, adding a fence that no one can climb? If the fence was locked daily and the hours are only daylight hours AND if it rains the fence is locked just like Hap Magee is for dogs (it is also closed from December to early March), they maybe it could work. We need to think about strict rules!

Posted by Paul
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:21 am

Exactly. I think our politicians must be insane to even think about a skate park and all the problems that come with it especially now that weed is going to be legal. Perhaps they are smoking it now as a explanation for how they came up with this insane idea.

Posted by hamilton
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

hamilton is a registered user.

Undesirables will be pulled in?? Are we that elitist? Dublin already has a skate park, as do many municipalities. My son rode his skateboard for many years. After a stint in the Army, he graduated from college with honors and now is a manager in a Hi
Tech firm. There goes that stereotype! Where would you suggest these kids, and adults, go? Open your minds!!

Posted by Skeptical
a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

Then let’s consider building the park in your area. 1 good outcome out of many does not make it right. What about liabilities ??
Open mind !!

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

Great that we have good kids! The facts are the facts, please speak to SRPD! What I said is have daylight hours, when there are "kids" out after hours , yes even on school nights that is an issue. Maybe what you should invest in is a police scanner, you may get a feel for the non good kids in the area. I am surprised that your kid never told you about the issues at the parks, I truly would not be surprised that the good kids did see shady things going on! Please take a few walks around all of the parks named and you may be surprised what is left behind by "kids". Don't just go once, Monday mornings are always fun sight seeing.

Posted by Jane
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Oh my, having grown up here I can tell you that our community has its' own share of undesirables and drug deals without a skate park. The gate thing is funny considering Blackhawk has many a pill problem inside those pearly gates. Build a skate park! We need more things to do in our community for the youngsters- encourage them to get outside and be active. Now turn your computer off and go back to your glass of wine or your toke of pot & stop being a hypocrite. And yes, I still live here AND I have kiddos. Be not afraid of our kiddos and a few skateboards.

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Jane, your first line is 100% spot on...I totally agree! Our Valley has needed something more for the there is something that is going to open in a year or so...similar to a rec center, hoops, activities etc., I feel this is a start. As far as me turning off my computer, since I am not able to walk without assistance and need a wheelchair to do most anything (no I am not a senior). I am not a hypocrite....just a realist! The gate or fence thought was so it would not be a 24 hour activity! Living in the gates of Blackhawk does not make anything different than for anyone else (I do not live in BH). Will you be living close to one of the possible sites?

Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Before having teenage kids I may not have liked this idea. But now, I love it! Our kids need a safe place to go and have fun. Maybe some of our young Danville officers can go and have some fun there too?

Posted by Deb
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Undesirables? Kids that have a passion for skateboarding . It will keep them out of the shopping centers and parking lots! Let's give our kids a safe place to ride ! I'm also tired of the stereotypes given out to these kids. I've been to several skateparks with my 10 year old and they are some of the nicest people I've ever met! Easy going and always eager and willing to give out tips to the little ones! I say build it !

Posted by Dad
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

What are you guys talking about?! We need a new skatepark. San ramon is too far to ride to and dublin is wayyy to far and those are the two closest. We need to put a skatepark near osage park because people who live around there have no place to skate. My son is always asking me for a ride to the skatepark and I dont always have the time, and if he had a place to go ride to and skate and ride back it would save my time and give him something to do.

Posted by Westside Dave
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

This is exactly what Danville needs!! I agree with Dad 100%, and Osage is the perfect location. Kids need more than ever now to get out of the house and actually do something besides video game and bs on their cell phones all day long. I've lived next door to one of the biggest churches in Danville for the last 35 years and never get tired of hearing kids laughing and having a great time! I've lived in Danville for almost 50 years now and remember clearly when there wasn't much to do but just hang out with friends in a local park and hope the county sheriffs wouldn't run us off. My kids who loved skateboarding are all grown up and have moved on but I will definitely support the town council in it's endeavors to improve the quality of life here for our youth. And if they want to build it in my neighborhood downtown I will give them my blessing.

Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

What a great meeting tonight! So proud of all the Danville kids and adults speaking so articulately and passionately about skating. Looks like Sycamore will be the winner. I do like the idea of having easy access and visibility to Camino Tassajara, ample parking, and lighting. I agree that fencing should NOT be part of the design. Thank you to everyone who participated tonight.

Posted by OldGuy
a resident of Danville
on Dec 21, 2017 at 6:56 am

I'm not sure that we "need" a skatepark but what I am sure of is that building it in Sycamore park is a terrible idea. I walk that park everyday and thoroughly enjoy the peace and beauty of the design. I am relatively new to Danville and have often thought
that theSycamore Valley Park is one of the truly outstanding benefits of living here. Being fairly familiar with the topography, I don't see anyplace to build it where it wouldn't infringe on the wonderfulmopen spaces, unless some of the parking is to be sacrificed. Just as a curiosity, who is the individual that proposed this project?

Posted by Papou
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 26, 2017 at 8:28 pm

What are undesirables previously mentioned? We as Grandparents and Parents have to take responsibility for labeling the new generation, this is not a progressive thought process. It’s a SKATE PARK! What are your fears? Kids enjoying a Sport with home grown roots! Go to one of these Parks and experience the joy of the boarders, having a space especially for their recreational enjoyment. Scooters and Boards are becoming more prevelent in our area, give them their space. If you feel we have undesirables, don’t you think you may be a product of their behavior. The Danville, Blackhawk and San Ramon area I have lived in for 40 years is 99% desirable!

Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Danville
on Jan 24, 2018 at 9:11 am

This is terrible idea for Danville! I used to take my son and friends to various skate parks and we always picked them up before dark. We took the 5-15 minutes out of our day to drive them to Dublin/San Ramon..that's what parents do!! It was a joy when one of the boys asked what juul was after a day of skating and a nice young man offered it to them. I'm not naive that kids will be exposed but why invite more opportunity? There are so many things wrong with this proposal:

-right next to Camino Tassajara which is 45 mph, but people race down at 60 mph
-removing our beautiful iconic fountain/pond to replace it with a slab of concrete
-potential for additional criminal activity
-Next door to a K-5 elementary school

See you at the next meeting which will hopefully be more publicized.

Posted by Skateboarder
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 25, 2018 at 11:51 pm

Im a 20 year old, student at Diablo vista College, and a decent student. I have grown up in San Ramon, right near the border of danville. I still have friends in highschool, as well as friends in college and those who have since graduated. As far as building a new skatepark goes, It is much needed. The other ones to be frank are poorly made. Not to say that they are not fun, but they are all very old and dont have the best of features for skateboarding.

How many basketball courts, tennis courts, and soccer feilds are there all spread out through the city? I dont need to take more that a 3 minuete drive either direction for a basketball court, and 5 for a soccer feild. 15+ for a skatepark.

As far as location goes, personally I am happy with sycamore (because its closest of the three suggested parks to me). I don’t understand the problem some people are having with the fact that a skatepark will be built at this park... parks were ment to host people in the end are they not?

Lastly the skateboarding steriotypes. Ahh danville community, I had hoped you guys would be better about this. Would it be fair to say all white people are racist and supremicists due to slavery, or that anyone from Germany Is evil because of what they did to the jewish community. Of course not (pardon my extreme examples). The acts of few should not affect those of the majority. I identify as a skateboarder... not once have I smoked weed, cigarettes or drank alchohol. Most my skateboarding friends dont either. In fact more of my friends from school who dont skate do more drugs, drinking etc than those who I skate with. And even the ones that do, from my experiences are respectful of the skatepark and leave the premises should they want to smoke for the most part.

Skateboarders are some of the kindest, most welcoming people I know, and are a positive force for doing good, its just the negative stories you here about.

For those concerned about drugs etc... my first exposure to a vape pen and weed was in my last year of middle school. It was all over as soon as I entered highschool. In highschool 90% of people I know were smoking weed (now in highschool it seems they are also into vaping with their juuls, often times in and during class). As a parent you should be conserned more about the drug problem in schools.

In regards to Concerned Citizen above, I have no issues with anything that you state with the exception of criminal activity. That can happen anywhere and everywhere, why should cement in a park increase criminal activity?

A skatepark gives a place for kids, and adults alike a safe space to enjoy their time and have fun. I went to the skatepark often during highschool so that i was “busy” when my school friends were out smoking or drinking so I wouldent be around that nor be pressered into it. Think of the skatepark the same as you would think of a soccer feild for soccer players, or a basketball court for basketball players, a golf course for golf players, a tennis court for tennis players. Its a place where people go to do what they enjoy.

The skatepark will bring joy and happyness, to many people adults and kids alike from within our communities as well as others. Hopefully those who have issues will see it for what it is and get over their judgemennt of us skateboarders. The only difference between us is a plank of wood with some wheels on the bottom.

For those who do roll, Keep pushing :)

Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Danville
on Feb 28, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Skateboarder-you sound like a such a nice kid! I have no doubt, some of the nicest people are skateboarders, as are swimmers, lacrosse players, soccer players, tennis players, snowboarders, you get the message. No one is saying skateboarders aren't "kind". The sad truth about skateparks is that they "draw" more criminal activity and drug deals than say tennis courts, rec. pools or indoor basketball courts. It's just a fact.

Shame on you for saying "you Danville community" in a derogatory tone. Apparently we aren't your cup of tea so why would you want to use the skatepark that we haven't even built? This "Danville community" as you say cares deeply for their children, family, education, surroundings, etc.

Yes, we know there are drug problems in our schools (and it's bad). If you truly are invested in our community, don't let them build a skate park here. There are plenty around, Pleasanton, Dublin, Walnut Creek to name a few.

Posted by NO NO NO!! Please stop.
a resident of Danville
on Mar 6, 2018 at 1:29 pm

Please don't do this.
We love to look at the fountain and pond as we commute on Camino Tassajara.

The value of Danville will go down because of this. No way, no way, no way.

Please listen to your own residents who are breaking their hearts over this.

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