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Sounding Off:

If a skate park is built, let it be at Fairview

November 04, 2007|By Geoff West

In my view, consideration should also be given to the installation of, for lack of a better term, “mini-skate parks” within the boundaries of some of our neighborhood parks.

These could be small, simple entities with one or two skate elements — a bowl or grind rail, for example — and inexpensively installed for younger, less experienced skaters to develop and hone their skills without having to leave their neighborhoods to do so.

I expect there will be a large turnout of parties interested in the future of Fairview Park on Tuesday. Some will be there to defend the “natural” park, with an eye to keeping it that way for those relatively few residents who use it now.

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Others will present good arguments for the modest expansion of active uses that will serve many more residents. The debate will be lively. I encourage you to attend or watch live on Costa Mesa Channel 24 beginning at 6 p.m. — it is an important issue and deserves your attention.


GEOFF WEST is a resident of Costa Mesa.

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