Lenny Rubenovitch, Whistler Skateboard Association spokesperson, admits that vandalism in the skateboard park has been a problem.He
said the skateboard community needs to step up.For the most part, Rubenovitch
said the problems are happening because of a small group of people.
"From breaking windows to urinating under signs asking you not to, these skaters are creating more work for others and threatening the existence of the park itself.It's incredibly short-sighted," Rubenovitch
Although frustrated by the lack of respect, Rubenovitch sad the underground skateboard park has been a positive initiative for the Whistler 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.Rubenovitch
hopes that it's not too late for the skate park.He
said the Whistler Skateboard Association
plans to implement a volunteer supervision program in which the facility will be locked at certain hours.
"The amount of users is amazing and I don't think that some of the skaters realize they are literally shooting themselves in the foot," Rubenovitch
In the end, Rubenovitch
and Hockentsien admit that actions speak louder than words.Last weekend a crew of concerned skaters spent their free time cleaning the facility and repainting walls.
"We must make one thing clear: Whistler Blackcomb
is the good guy here.They gave us the space, gave us two years to prove we can use it responsibly and now because of the actions of the skateboard community as a whole, they might close it down because of the insane amount of money they have been spending to keep it clean and safe," Rubenovitch
Although the decision is pending, Rubenovitch
is urging the skateboard community into action.He
said skaters need to get off the couch and spread the word.His
only hope is that the action is not too late.