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May 2, 2013

Advocates seek city skate spot space

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Milledgeville’s District 4 encompasses Central City Park and is represented by Milledgeville City Councilman Phillip Joiner (no relation to Ben Joiner). The councilman described recognizing alternative sports as a meaningful community health venture and a way to remove skaters from the sidewalks.

Team sports are wonderful but not for everyone, according to the councilman.

“This is a gaping hole in what is relevant in today’s culture,” Phillip Joiner said. “It seems to be such a no brainer to do this.”

Joiner said a negative punk skateboarding perception promoted in the 1980s is statistically unfounded considering 13 million skate nationwide. 

“They can’t all be put under one box,” Joiner said. “You wind up hanging out with people from different segments of society that you would never hang out with otherwise.”

The sport is safer than most realize, according to ‘The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care” published in 2002.

Skateboarding is safer than snowboarding, bicycling, football and basketball based on the injury journal.

Media portrayal hasn’t helped this so-called false characterization, skateboarding advocates note.

“You are inundated daily with clips of people doing these crazy stunts, when in fact it’s actually a ton safer than people realize,” Phillip said.

Joiner wants to work with city officials to get the ball rolling for area skateboarders. He promises the simple design won’t be a park eyesore.

“The future is endless. Who knows where this could go. After most towns build these, everybody who supported it looks really good,” Joiner said.

The Alliance for Milledgeville Progressive Sports Facebook page has a downloadable version of the skate spot’s technical details. Ben Joiner can be reached at 478-456-3046 and benjoiner@ymail.com.

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