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That’s it… its over. What opened in November of 2007 has now died in March of 2009.
One of the skate parks ramps at Seba Avenue Skate Park was set on fire destroying part of it, and damaging the overall structure. The whole thing will have to be replaced. Which might not happen anytime soon.
Why is it that we can’t have anything nice in this neighborhood? Bus Shelters? Parks? Things in our yard? Sidewalks in the Old Section? Out of all of the things that could of been built, they built a skate park, and it was great and wonderful, but now it’s destroyed.
The Parks Department actually closed the park with a magic kid barrier, called yellow caution tape. They wrapped the whole skate park with it and they were telling kids to go home and to find somewhere else to skate. Being that the tape was not magic the kids just went around it, through it and over it, they wanted to skate.
I was told parks didn’t care that the kids went through it, I mean what could they do? Kids will get though it it they want, and if a kid gets hurt, parks technically closed it and there is no liability there.
It was sad, one kid said I just came up here to skate and now I just want to go home.
Update 4/02/2009: Joan Byrnes, Director of Community Affairs, Senator Golden: Commissioner Spiegel of the Brooklyn Parks Department has informed us that damages to the skate park are being assessed today and an estimate is being worked out. Once the estimate is proposed, Senator Golden will speak with other local officials and attempt to forge a partnership to provide the funding for the restorations to the skate park at Seba Avenue. In the meantime, Senator Golden would encourage the NYPD and the Parks Police to make the Seba Avenue Park a priority in their patrol
Seba Avenue Fire from Gerritsen Beach on Vimeo.