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Broadlands Needs a Skate Park

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by Broadlands Skate, Sep 16, 2013.

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Should Broadlands have a skatepark for the good of our community?

Poll closed Sep 23, 2013.
  1. Yes

    53.8%
  2. No

    46.2%
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  1. Broadlands Skate

    Broadlands Skate SKATING IS LIFE

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    There are a lot of skaters in the community, and it seems like everyone doesn't really have a fun place to skate at, while getting caught by cops when they dont have a place to skate. It isnt really the skaters fault either. They just dont have a place to grind except the curbs off of streets. To really prevent that, Broadlands needs a skatepark. If Broadlands does build one, i think the best place to build it is next to the tennis court near the churches. Please make this happen this is just a suggestion
     
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  2. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    isn't there one at Trailside by stone bridge?
     
  3. luftinarr

    luftinarr Member

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    No, that's an inline hockey rink...not suitable for skateboarding. Trailside Park in Herndon has a skate park as does Leesburg off of Catoctin. It is a good idea for something for the older kids in the neighborhoods though.
     
  4. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    Bring this idea to the next HOA meeting... and if needed get your parents to help you make the request for consideration. Find out what requirements exist to make this a formal item for the community to consider... I think the big problem will be the cost of the insurance.
     
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  5. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    The big problem is WHERE will it get built? Land is not readily avaible in the Cashburn area for a non-revenue endeavor. now if someone wanted to buy the land and build a park and charge an entry fee...
     
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  6. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    When I was on the HOA Board we actually looked into it several years ago. Our insurance company let it clearly be known that they WOULD NOT even consider covering it for us.
    That pretty much ended it.
     
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  7. jadensmom

    jadensmom New Member

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    I think it's a great idea!! There is one in South Riding, that is pretty nice.. They must have some insurance policy and some disclosures regarding 'skating at your own risk' that made the skate park possible. I also think it's safer than kids skating up and down the streets where they could get kits by cars.
     
  8. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    The SR skate park was funded by South Riding Proprietary, yet, Loudoun County owns the land and provides park maintenance.
     
  9. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    This is a picture of the South Riding skate park.... it really does not have that big of a footprint and could fit in the land next to the Nature Center (one option). The trick would be for this to be a Loudoun County Parks and Recreation maintained resource. If the OP is serious about this option in Broadlands, then I suggest taking this to the next level and doing some homework. Go to South Riding and the Parks and Recreaction dept. and collect data about how they did this. Create a Business Case and present this to the BHOA for input and consideration.

    Keys to success would have to include a funding source, maintenance, cost, liability and insurance etc. Like Cliff said, this was not considered before because of the insurance issue... you need to see of there are options. Just my 2 cents worth. And yes, I would be glad to help however I could.
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  10. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    I know you said it was only an option, but a CONCRETE skate park immediately adjacent to a beautiful NATURE center/grounds????????
     
  11. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    It's a perfect waste of space, imo. Too seasonal and ironically, costly to maintain.

    If you really need to entertain kids because they are bored to tears, why not revisit building a youth center. It's inclusive, multi-purpose space and can be used year round. Then you can decide how to pay the police because kids will be coming from other neighborhoods once they learn we have a 'hangout'. :huh:
     
  12. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    So, as must of you know, there is county owned space in Broadlands that is slated to be a community/youth center that could easily house a skate park.
    A few years ago, the voters turned down a bond referendum to fund it, so the project died.
    If any one seriously wants to push this, then push your county political leaders to build it.
    Because of its location, it would be a huge benefit to the residents of the Broad Run, Dulles, Ashburn, and Blue Ridge Districts. That means 4 supervisors plus the at-large Chairman would benefit by supporting their constituents.
    That's 5 out of 9 votes needed.
    So, get out and do something. Grousing about it here will accomplish nothing.
    I would push the Broadlands HOA Board to start networking with adjacent HOAs whose residents would benefit from this facility. Band enough communities together, have a large common voice, and there's a good chance this could be accomplished.
    That's what I would be doing if I was still on the Board of Directors.
     
  13. Eagle ridge

    Eagle ridge New Member

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    I have an idea where they could put a skatepark.Either take down the old wachovia bank in the broadlands plaza and make it a outdoor skatepark or make it into an indoor skatepark.
     

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  14. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    There is this slight problem of... someone actually owns that already :p
     
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    Honestly, who goes to the Nature Center
     
  16. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    And the area I was thinking is further behind (west) back where there are some small hills and brush (the small berms would help hide/shield).

    Since I live within shouting distance of this place, I would be concerned for the line of sight and sound as well - and the size of the overall design. But back to the original point, I think something like this is a cool idea in principle.
     
  17. stevensrmiller

    stevensrmiller Stevens Miller

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    When I was on the BOS, we dedicated a skate park next to the Dulles South Multipurpose Center. The land came from South Riding, but the county took ownership because the liability issues were more than South Riding wanted to assume. Usually, I'm not that worried about insuring against injury claims for an HOA our size, but a skate park seems more likely to be a source of them than, say, a tennis court.
     
  18. JohnE

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    Theres a pretty decent little skate park off Catoctin circle in leesburg, right next to the volunteer fire and rescue station. Its not around the corner, but its a place to go thats already built and in a safe place.
     
  19. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    When I was on the HOA Board, I approached our insurance agent with the idea. He made it clear that we would NOT be able to get insurance for an HOA owned skate park.
    There is propoerty, in Broadlands, owned by the county, slated for a rec center.
    As far as what to do, see my previous post earlier on this page.
     

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