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Skatepark enthusiasts setting a good example

It’s never too early in life for a lesson in civics.And for Yampah High School sophomore Jono Moreau and his band of ‘boarders, that lesson could come with a big-time payoff.More than 60 youths, ranging in age from middle school to high school, showed up at the Glenwood Springs City Council Thursday night to voice their support for a new and improved skateboard park in town.It’s refreshing to see the youth in the community getting involved and showing the initiative and maturity necessary to get the wheels in motion for a new skatepark.And hopefully council will give the group’s idea some legitimate consideration. If Thursday’s meeting is any indication, the skatepark is being given serious consideration. Council commended the group and agreed to write a letter to the 2 Rivers Community Foundation in support of having the foundation hold money raised for the park.Despite Moreau and his crew’s hard work, the civics lesson is far from over. They will find the hoops they’ve jumped through so far are just the beginning. The idea was well received, but, as with any public project, finding the money is always the key. Police Chief Terry Wilson also has voiced concern over vandalism, drug abuse and other problems that have occurred at the current skatepark.If the skatepark does come to fruition, the same initiative and maturity will be necessary from the users of the skatepark in the form of self policing and keeping the skatepark a friendly place for all to enjoy.Regardless of the success or failure of the project, the young activists should be lauded for their willingness to chase a dream they believe will be good for the entire community. They serve as an example for all, regardless of age, of how city government can and should work.


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