I just noticed that the City Council has amended the ordinance banning skateboarding to include the new city hall. They’ve posted photos of the damage that prompted the amendment. Some of it does look pretty bad, particularly the bottom center photo where people have clearly been doing grinds and leaving behind a fair amount of paint.

As the press release mentions, this highlights the need for a skatepark in Austin and skaters will soon get their wish. Our local park, Mabel Davis, is finally undergoing remediation for the contaminated landfill on which it sits. If memory serves, the park has been closed for four years since the discovery of pesticide and broken car battery cases in different parts of the park. The history and details of the situation are too long for me to go into here, but the cleanup will result in the loss of much of the tree cover in the park, making it an ideal candidate for a long-planned city-sponsored skate park. I think it’s a really cool addition to the neighborhood and expect that my six-year-old is going to have a great time with it once it opens next fall.

2 Comments so far

  1. wixlet (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2004 @ 12:07 pm

    has it only been closed for four years? i thought it was longer. i rode the parker lane shuttle to UT for eight years, on and off, and i can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a fence around the park and big “park closed” signs all around the perimeter. it’s great that the city is finally doing something about it. there’s an indoor skate park (privately owned) on stassney, but i’ve never been to check it out.

  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2004 @ 1:24 pm

    It can’t be more than 5 years. I used to take my 6-year-old son to the playground there when he was walking and it definitely wasn’t closed then.

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