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November 9, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Your Home is Your Castle

Letter to the editor: Your Home is Your Castle

Your home is your castle... unless it is in Fremont, in which case you are at the mercy of those few working for the Fremont Park and Rec who can make your life miserable. Even though they actually live in another city, on a whim, they can put whatever they want in your front yard to negatively impact the quality of your entire remaining life and there is nothing that you can do about it (without pleading to a higher court). If one can't peacefully retreat to the sanctuary of their own home of more than 24 years... where can they go?

On September 14, 2010 after incomplete recommendations by Park and Rec, the Fremont City Council voted to build a $2 million skateboard park at the Waterpark site, which is in my front yard in a residential area. While residents were led to believe that a Waterpark would eventually occupy the entire former Swim Lagoon, the skateboard park was being planned in secret for months before ANY of the residents became aware of such a project. Implementing a skateboard park in such an area that is so hard to patrol reeks of inevitable problems far worse than what even happened in nearby Livermore when the city council UNANIMOUSLY regretted their initial decision on where to allow a skateboard park. (www.skateparkcentral.com/News/Print%20Valley%20Times%203-31-2002.pdf )

How can anyone read this article and even allow a similar outcome in Fremont?

The City of Fremont can sugar coat their presentations to the general public, but nowhere in the world has it ever been proven that it is appropriate to put an open skateboard park in a residential area. Fremont recently got a prelude of what a small fraction of that would be like on October 2, when a skateboarding demo was setup at the Central Park Community Center. The official on duty was inundated with neighborhood calls complaining about considerably loud music and noise. A fight even broke out despite the presence of a park ranger in uniform, on duty, on our taxpayer's money to "supervise" the activity.

It was questioned why this ranger was there, and how was he going to impartially keep order while sitting on the sidewalk, watching the event with the event organizers. To factor in the proposed 1 acre skateboard site, 1 mile from the police station, to be used freely and without supervision, from dawn until at least 10 pm, every single day of the year, this rowdy behavior needs to be multiplied many times.

The choice of the remote Waterpark site doesn't make sense as it will only benefit illegal activities. Please don't let bad decisions ruin Fremont. Send your objections to all those who run City Hall before it is too late. Please communicate to the mayor of Fremont (bwasserman@fremont.gov) and spread the word to others to keep this skateboard park from being recklessly implemented in a location where it will be forever regretted by all.

Bob Fifield
Fremont

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