Telegraph Hill skating - the two park solution

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Bender: What's with you kids? Every other day it's food, food, food. [pause] Alright, I'll get you some stupid food.
- Futurama, The Cyber House Rules

It was touch and go for a while, but it looks like democracy works. After a plan to install a skate area in the upper park in Telegraph Hill met with fierce opposition, a site has been identified in the Lower Park, which should keep everyone just about happy. BC has argued for a while that this seemed like the most sensible way forward and it appears that we were right, for a change.

Skate park campaigner Imogen explains:

The Skate Park Working Group had a site meeting in the Lower Telegraph Hill Park and
looked at all of the possible spaces. The site we agreed was best was to use the strip of
path along the top side of the basketball court with a piece opening out at either end of
this (see map above). It would create a dog bone / telephone type shape. The site benefits from banking and planting which screens views and noise, as well as being a good distance from houses.

The fact that there are already activities (basketball / football) in the area was also seen as
a plus. There is a path on the other side of the ball court so it wouldn’t affect access. The
space chosen was far enough away from trees not to create problems, although drainage
will be a consideration for the groundworks.

There is a Local Assembly Meeting on Tuesday 21st September at which this proposal and designs will be put forward and voted on. As I think I mentioned before we have to use our funding (48k) before March 2011 so it is imperative that we get agreement on a site asap.