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cgilligan said...

As-Salamu Alaykum, Muhammad. I find it interesting that anonymous Dutch Muslims such as yourself feel the need to speak out against myself and my fellow "yurt-dwelling freaks". I am proud to respond to your sarcastic comments. Delinquency: groundless accusation. Truancy: registered home-school students are not truants. Matted hair & open sores: unsure to whom or what you refer, perhaps dreadlocks and scraped knees? Runaway minor child: one, quickly returned. Dirt huts: built to higher standards than your own home. Permits & codes: not applicable to off-grid buildings on rural land. Taxes: unable to follow your argument.

November 16, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.
cgilligan said...

Suggesting "there aren't enough skaters in the area to warrant the cost" is a common cop-out from politicians who are set in their ways and who tend to listen to parks and rec personnel who are likewise set in their ways.

<p>Skatepark.org has some great information and a simple formula (Skatepark Adoption Model - the SAM) for determining how much skatepark a community needs: http://www.skatepark.org/skatepark-adoption-model-step-by-step.html

The SAM was created by skatepark advocates, parks and rec professionals, city planners and professional skateboarders to provide a rational and scientific approach to skatepark planning.

I would agree that a 200,000 sq-ft facility is overkill for Ft. O. Maybe that's a misprint and should be 20,000 sq-ft? Probably still overkill for the area.

Ft O has a 2008 population of 9,663. Using the SAM, here's a suggestion: 9,663 x .046 = 444.5 skateboarders in Ft O 444.5 x .25 = 111 regular skateboarders in Ft O 111 x 1.5 = 166.5 sq-ft of skateboarding terrain needed for the city -- that's just a small miniramp.

I'd suggest the Ft O skaters pursue skatepark planning with the county as well as the city. Many skaters in the East Ridge-Ringgold-Chickamauga area will use the skatepark.

Ft O is a somewhat strange case, as the border city is quite small in population (though growing rapidly). Ft O facilities serve a much wider audience than just the city population. Ft O is essentially a small town surrounded by rapidly growing bedroom communities. I worked at the Ft O swimming pool in the late 80's, and I'd say that facility was far too large to serve a (then) population of 6000... it served the entire surrounding area and much of the county and was consistently packed during the summer.

Also, Ft O is a destination city and tourist gateway to the National Park. These extenuating factors would suggest Ft O could support a small skatepark, on the order of 2500 sq-ft. I've seen small tourist towns in Oregon, Idaho and Washington with proportionately large skateparks.

March 18, 2010 at 3:34 p.m.
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