Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Brian Barnes
, Goodyear's Director of Parks, Recreation and Sanitation, saying he
had been getting numerous phone calls and e-mails from skaters and parents saying that all the bike riders in the park were preventing skateboarders from coming out to use the park?Where are all of those alleged skaters now?Did they all move away on the morning of March 27th just after the prisonification of the skatepark?Maybe they all got tired of the best skatepark in Arizona at once.Maybe they're giving out free hot dogs at Desert West Skatepark every day.I'll get to the bottom of this, because Brian Barnes
couldn't possibly be wrong, perish the thought!
...City staff originally recommended three monitors at an annual cost of $225,000, but with the removal of BMX riders, only two are needed, Public Works Superintendent Brian Barnes said.
"Our insurance carrier is concerned that because our park was specifically designed for skateboards and not BMX that our recreational immunity, should there be claim, could be in jeopardy," Barnes
said."The insurance carrier stated that the city could be deemed to be grossly negligent and as such, punitive damages could rise to over $10 million."
The insurance pool board members expressed concern, and it was suggested the pool might wish to consider limiting coverage or eliminating coverage for skate parks that allow BMX riders that were not designed for BMX, Barnes
"It's important to note that we continue to be insured today," he
City workers have spent seven to 10 hours a day cleaning the park, have witnessed numerous rules violations, have been the target of abusive language when they try to enforce the rules, have found evidence of drug use and other inappropriate behavior and have received phone calls, e-mails and letters from parents of skateboarders indicating they would not use the facility because of safety concerns, Barnes
Since the park's opening, there have been 129 police calls, which represent 203 officer responses, including four incidents when the entire on-duty police force responded.Seven arrests have been made for a variety of violations and 14 fire calls were made, mostly for serious injuries including head and facial trauma.One call was for a fire in the restroom, Barnes
It must have been snapped while Brian Barnes
was standing at the microphone, lying to the council.Yeah, I said it!He
lied.But that shouldn't have surprised me, because he's
been lying to the council, Goodyear citizens, and the press for some time now.Anything to get your way, right Brian?
...Goodyear Superintendent of Public Works Brian Barnes said the urgent concern for officials is to ensure a safe environment for park visitors.
"Our issues go back to safe management," he
said."The bottom line is resident satisfaction with the facility.If it's not a safe place for parents to bring their kids, then that's a real issue with me."
The park, at Litchfield and Thomas roads, has never been supervised since it opened in January.Complaints concerning the shared use of the facility by skateboarders and BMX riders have arisen, but those concerns are minimal, Barnes
Now officials are developing a phased-in approach to prevent litter, graffiti, vandalism, drug use and coping damage from happening while user safety is maintained.The plan will be presented to the Goodyear City Council
March 26 for recommendations and comments.Barnes
will not ask the City Council to separate the users at this point in time.
"There's been a lot of drug use and inappropriate behavior there," he
said."We find the roaches, the razor blades that are used to divide coke lines; we find bags of pot.We've seen the aftereffects of meth, as it was described to me by one of our police officers."
The general maintenance cost of the area, which includes repairing the coping on the skate park, has exceeded its budget.Barnes
said the total annual maintenance cost was estimated and approved by the Council to be $31,000.
"We have the highest number of police calls occurring after 8 p.m.," Barnes
focus is on making the park safe for all users.
We went on February 26th, but Brian Barnes
date to approach council to March 5th for some reason.
will be most naively recommending to the city council that they segregate the park into separate sessions for bike riders and skateboarders at the meeting.The newspaper also said he'd try to get the council to charge a fee for park usage, but a source in the Goodyear Parks and Rec Department told me that's not true.This source also happened to tell me that Goodyear Parks and Rec was going to get bikes banned from the park.Does this mean Brian Barnes
is on a mission to keep Goodyear residents that ride bikes out of "his
" skatepark?It sure looks that way to me.
Another thing we'll have to bring up to council is that Goodyear Parks and Rec workers have been purposefully shutting off the lights about 15 minutes EARLIER than the sign says the park closes, to get users to leave by the time the worker makes it over to the park to shut the gates.THIS IS A PURE SIGN OF LAZINESS AND IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!IF GOODYEAR PARKS AND REC DOESN'T PULL THEIR HEAD OUT AND STOP THIS FOOLISHNESS, THEY ARE OPENING THEMSELVES UP TO A HUMONGOUS LAWSUIT WHEN SOMEONE IS BADLY INJURED BECAUSE THE LIGHTS WERE TURNED OFF ON THEM BEFORE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TURNED OFF!!!Brian Barnes
also came up with yet another rule, which according to my source in the department, is designed to punish the kids for the litter and graffitti in the skatepark.
...Superintendent of Public Works Brian Barnes said he has visited the park several times to speak with users about the importance of abiding by park rules.
"Several of the users suggested that rather than ask for bikes to buy the plastic or acrylic pegs to prohibit them so they don't have to worry about protecting the pedals," Barnes
said.BMX riders use pegs for certain tricks and stunts they perform but they aren't vital to enjoying the park.
"Clearly 90 to 95 percent of the people using the park were not adhering to the rules," he
said.The former stipulation asked users to either cover their pegs and handlebars with duct tape or buy plastic or acrylic pegs to prevent damage when riders grind on the concrete. Barnes
will go before the Goodyear City Council
March 5 with a list of recommendations for the future of the park.
...Brian Barnes, Goodyear's Director of Parks, Recreation and Sanitation will be going to Goodyear City Council on Monday, February 26th at 6 pm.He
will be recommending that the council split use of the Goodyear Skatepark into separate sessions."That's not so bad", you may say, but check this: For some reason, Brian
is under the impression that bmx riders make up only about one-third of the park's total users.That means bike riders could get as few as two days a week to ride the park!I don't need to tell you that is completely unacceptable.What's more, a segregation like this is totally unenforceable.Bike riders will ride the skate sessions, and skaters will skate the bike sessions.At this point, Brian
is flabbergasted that the Goodyear police have had to respond to calls from the skatepark 49 times in it's first month of operation.
The only reason Brian
could give me for segregating the park was that he
had received calls and e-mails from alleged Goodyear citizens who said they refused to go to the park because bikes were allowed in.What Brian Barnes is doing is buying into rhetoric instead of relying on facts.He
is letting the prejudices of a few people (possibly a very few people who are trying to seem like many) influence his
You aren't a resident of Goodyear
anyways, and Brian Barnes
has told me numerous times that all he
cares about is providing for the recreational needs of Goodyear citizens.
...Superintendent of Public Works Brian Barnes said attendance for such festivities has grown by 250 percent in the last two years.
...Brian Barnes, superintendent of Public Works, said he has spent the past few weeks studying the issue.He's
spoken with park designers and with Ryan.He
looked at other parks and at what it would cost the city to make the park viable for both skaters and BMX bikers.He
estimates that 50 percent of his
work time will be spent on the issue.
plans to recommend to the council is unclear, even to him, he
The issue is about the 27,000-square-foot skate park that the city hopes to open by late summer.It is believed that bikes tear up the concrete on the jumps and other features of the park because many of the bikes sport steel pegs that help with stunts.
Yet the city is revisiting the issue.
"It was designed primarily for skateboards because that's what the residents who came to the meeting said they wanted," said Barnes
, referring to a public meeting about the park.