Skate park's days were numbered

South Kitsap’s thrashers would have had an unpleasant surprise awaiting them last week had they ventured out into the rain to avail themselves of the skateboard ramps at South Kitsap Community Park.

Volunteers from the South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners arrived the previous Saturday to dismantle the long-neglected facility. In truth, they were simply finishing a job Mother Nature had already started.

Holes, missing boards and rotting wood added up to something that had long since ceased to be an asset to the community and had, in fact, the potential to be a serious liability.

Erected in 1996 and funded mostly through private donations, the skate facility never had a dedicated source of funds with which it could be maintained. By their very nature, the ramps were expected to endure a certain amount of abuse from their users. But throw in the plague of vandalism and the already-punishing effects of rain and the skate park was doomed.

By last week, the skate facility was more than an eyesore, it had also become a personal injury lawsuit waiting to happen. Under the circumstances, park officials had little choice but to pull the plug and cut their losses.

We feel your pain, dudes.

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