The Parks and Recreation Commission and the village trustees will soon be voting on a proposal to build a skateboard park, as reported last week in the Enterprise. I do not live near either proposed location for the skatepark, but I do live in our village and have for more than 30 years.
Hastings is a tiny 2-square-mile village of land. I am opposed to paving over 5000 square feet of green plus all the surrounding support structures the skatepark would need. Putting costs to the Village aside, it makes no sense to me to pave over green space for the sake of a small group of residents who will use the facility. A skatepark is only for skateboarders. All the other sport and recreational facilities in the village are used by all ages and in multiple ways (e.g., the basketball court can be used to jump rope, play volleyball; the football field for a myriad of sports and just strolling; the tennis courts — a sport that young children through seniors enjoy). A skateboard park is not a recreational space that would benefit a broad swath of the Hastings community.
A skateboard park is not the use of green space we should have in our small village. The proposal brings to mind paving paradise to put up a parking lot.