This is a park near my house in Southern California. The city accidentally built skateable art, then put ugly metal skate deterrents on top. This isolates skaters from the community and uses city money to discourage physical activity. For the same cost, the city could have built the pieces with stainless steel edging which would stand up to grinding & board slides. This would create a positive community space where skaters are accepted as valid community members who deserve adequate space and funding to practice their sport.
Metal skate deterrents are not the answer
June 4, 2008