Cameron Park Skate Park Security is an issue
At the Jan. 15 CSD meeting, the ongoing problems with the skate park enclosure at Christa McAuliffe Park was on the agenda. The issues of ongoing vandalism and safety violations were discussed. During this discussion Director Greg Stanton stated that because the skate park in Cameron Park is unsupervised all the CSD is obligated to do is post the safety rules (such as the one that states that helmets and pads are required and no bicycles are allowed). It seems Director Stanton’s contention is the CSD is under no obligation to enforce the safety standards at the skate park and, when hiring a monitor for the skate park was suggested, he immediately dismissed the idea because Cameron Park cannot afford to provide supervision at the skate park. Director Stanton stated that skate boarding is inherently a dangerous sport and the people who participate in it do so at their own risk. Director Stanton told of seeing skateboarders at Joe’s skate park in Placerville at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds not wearing safety equipment and this seemed to justify Cameron Park not enforcing our safety rules.
I am baffled by this logic but using it you could say that due to the fact that the state has posted a maximum speed limit of 65 mph the Highway Patrol and other police agencies need not pull speeders over. There are also signs on freeway off ramps warning drivers on surface streets “do not enter wrong way;” using Director Stanton’s logic it should be fine to enter a freeway going in the wrong direction. It is posted and after all driving is inherently dangerous and all of us who participate in it do so at our own risk.
As to the vandalism, it was proposed that a security camera system be put in to monitor the skate park. I and others have been suggesting this for years but to no avail. At one time I went so far as to suggest that in conjunction with monitoring the skate park with cameras we charge a nominal fee and issue identification tags like runners use and require them to be worn in order to use the skate park. This would allow the CSD to ensure that individuals are using the skate park in the safe manner and the way it is intended to be used. If someone was observed using the skate park without the proper id tag they would could be told to leave and if they refused they would be trespassing on CSD property. This was a non starter as well with Director Stanton due to “costs.”
What puzzles me about Director Stanton is he opposes every suggestion to get the skate park under control as either being too costly or impractical. It seems he is intent on seeing to it that nothing changes at the Cameron Park skate park and that the unsafe conditions and activities as well as the vandalism continue. As an elected official who is charged with the seeing to it that Cameron Park’s facilities are run safely and as an official who is responsible for seeing to it that taxpayer money is spent intelligently, Director Stanton’s reluctance to address the problems at the skate park are unfathomable. Why is he such an outspoken critic of managing the skate park?