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Lowell City Skatepark Measure (2008)

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The city of Lowell, Oregon in Lane County voted on whether or not a skateboarding park was to be built on the May 20, 2008 ballot

. The planned 8,000-square-foot skatepark was approved by the Lowell Planning Commission and City Council last year, however, opponent Rudy Rennert gathered signatures to refer the matter to city voters.

The measure asked to prohibit the use of public resources to build the skate park.

Status

This measure was defeated This means the skatepark will be built.

  • YES 126 (39.75%)
  • NO 191 (60.25%)Defeatedd[1]

Support

[2] Those who favor a skatepark tried to address that negative construction in the opponents' campaign against the ballot measure, which requires voters to vote "no" in order to approve the skatepark.

Kern Hern, led both the Lowell Skatepark Committee and a political action committee that was formed to tout the merits of the skate bowl. “Our signs say, ‘Support Our Kids With a Skatepark — Vote No on 20-135,” he said.

Signs placed by skatepark opponents, who have not registered with the state as a PAC or reported individual expenditures as required by law, say simply, “Support Our Community — Vote Yes on 20-135.”

“I don’t know what voting against a skatepark has to do with supporting your community,” Hern said.

About a dozen volunteers with the Lowell Skate Park PAC plan a door-to-door campaign and a couple of citywide mailings telling voters that the skate bowl will be fenced; will feature a video surveillance camera and a sound buffer; will be financed with grants and donations; and will be maintained by volunteers.

Hern also pointed out that a 2006 survey of city residents showed a majority favoring a skatepark.

Opposition

[2]Rennert and other opponents of a skate bowl at Lowell’s Paul Fisher Park said both the city and the city park are too small to dedicate that much public open space and resources to an activity enjoyed by only a small percentage of residents. Rennert noted, for instance, that there are only about 25 students in each Lowell High School graduating class.

Another opponent, City Council President Ken Larsen, said a skatepark would attract “outside elements” to a city park featuring playground equipment for young children. He said other city’s skateparks have been “trashed” by some users, and that graffiti and other problems would pose maintenance problems for Lowell.

Both Rennert and Larsen said city residents should vote on the proposal because of such concerns.

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