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Making Do with what Downtown Offers

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 12:14PM
State Board Ed Fuentes

Skateboarders at the footprint of the old, old State Building took some time practicing their skills over the weekend, and while accessing the site isn't legal, you have give some credit to the group for finding recreation space where little exists Downtown.

With all the talk about Quimby funds for parks, and the anticipation that residents will someday have families––you also have to plan for recreation space beyond pocket parks if you expect residents to consider downtown "the place" for long term residency. As we recently discussed, Downtown doesn't have many spots to shoot a basketball or (legally) do some skating.

Maybe Parks and Rec should look inward for its next Quimby expenditure and negotiate the purchase of this old footprint. No expensive work need be done -- just clean it up and let Downtowners enjoy the history of an old part of government.

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