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Skatepark supporters overflowed the room at the City Heights Recreation Council on Nov. 18 and were forced to watch from outside. Photos by Adam Ward
Skatepark supporters overflowed the room at the City Heights Recreation Council on Nov. 18 and were forced to watch from outside. Photos by Adam Ward
On Dec. 4, despite meeting in the Mid-City Gym where signs were posted on the walls forbidding skateboarding -- or wheels of any kind -- skatepark supporters attended a meeting that lasted more than two hours and involved polling a crowd of more than 150 people individually about their thoughts on Park De La Cruz's suitability for a skatepark site.

The City Heights Recreation Council announced the meeting after a Nov. 18 council meeting where more than 50 skatepark supporters showed up and were forced to watch most of the meeting from outside near the tennis courts after overflowing the meeting room in the City Heights Recreation Center.

At the November meeting, Chairman Ricky Franchi said only two speakers from each side of the skatepark debate would be allowed to give public comment. Franchi complimented the anti-skatepark group for "the courage it takes up here to talk about it, because there is an overwhelming majority of skateboarders here," he said.

Erick Hernandez, 15, Hoover High student and City Heights resident, spoke for the skatepark supporters at the November meeting.

"All the skateboarders here, we've all been kicked out of places, and we finally want a place where we don't get kicked out," Hernandez said during public comment.

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