Since the Selectboard supervened in the matter of the skatepark location, reversing their previous commitment, annulling the vote of town meeting, backing-up their resolve by forming a skatepark search committee, all in the name of a solution, I’ll take this as the price of progress. But a few lingering questions continue to puzzle me.
That there are no skaters on the committee, although peculiar, this is not my primary concern. There is a stalwart member of BASIC, and a longtime Rec. Advocate aboard, this brings some consolation in that regard. But I do find it bizarre; would a golf course be sited without a golfer, or outdoor musical venue without the ear of a musician?
The timing of this search process is such that the committee is not expected to present final choices to the Rec. Board or Selectboard until well into the spring, virtually assuring another year will come and go without a place for locals to skate. It seems common sense and decency would dictate that temporary measures be effected to remediate this. Actually helping the population we are trying to help. One can only hope. Yet this piece isn’t what irks me, either.
What unsettles me is the idea that once a location is settled upon, will a new group of volunteers be summoned to finish the task of fundraising and design? There probably are masochists and diehards among us this dedicated, but it would take a special kind of nerve… Sisyphus in concrete.
I can’t imagine another group having to once again navigate the slings and arrows of preference and prejudice. Saying nothing of the burden of raising money, finding aesthetic agreement, and also shepherding plans through the gauntlet of permitting and approval, again.
Once this whole vetting and re-choosing process is concluded, shouldn't the town step-up and take full ownership of the project? The resolution of this matter should not be once again kicked back onto the backs of a handful of individuals. The project should be shouldered by the Rec. Dept, the Selectboard, and the town proper. It’s a town-wide recreational facility and ought to be seen as such, a capital expense.