Lenny Rubenovitch, founding member of the Whistler Skateboard Association, said Whistler Blackcomb (WB) officials had given the skateboard community a second chance - but only until this November.
admits that vandalism in the park has been a problem and said the skateboard community needs to step up.
Unfortunately the facility will need to close by Nov. 15, 2008," Rubenovitch
Rather than dwell on the disappointment, Rubenovitch
said the association is grateful for the time left.He
said the facility will be needed for parking because of the expansion of Creekside and the upcoming Olympics.
"We had the park for over four years and it has been a great facility for that period.Our hope is to find a better, more permanent facility," Rubenovitch
We ask that all skaters please respect this and if asked to leave, do so in a proper way," Rubenovitch
and Brian Hockenstein, the association's co-founders, said in a letter to The Question.
In the past week, Rubenovitch
said there was an incident where skaters were asked to leave.Instead of respecting the new rules, the skaters physically and verbally threatened a security guard.
"We were lucky that these yahoos wisely decided to leave without further incident because you can be sure that, had the situation escalated, we would have lost the park right then and there," Rubenovitch
said it is important for the skateboard community to show respect to keep the current facility open and find a new one.He
said the association is looking at a number of options, from the Air Dome to a skateboard hangar.Rubenovitch
said the underground skateboard park has been a positive initiative for the community.He
said up to 75 to 100 skaters use the park every day.He
also said it is important to remember that the Creekside Underground Skatepark is the only free, alcohol-free, all-day activity in town.
"Again, we would like to remind the skateboard community that this space has been provided to us as a gift and we must respect it and the people in charge of the space.If one more incident like the one last week occurs, there will be no more discussions, the park will be closed," Rubenovitch
also said the association was always aware that the park was a temporary fix.He
said association members are currently discussing various options to build a new and improved indoor skatepark.
"We would like to invite anyone, young or old, to make suggestions and work with us to ensure the future of skateboarding in Whistler
will be great," Rubenovitch