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Dear Editor:This past weekend, Thrasher Magazine hosted the Carbondale Run Pro/Amateur Skateboard Competition. Close to 2,000 people attended the event, with the majority of attendees between the ages of 18 to 28. This young thrill-seeker generation of skateboarders came from all over the United States to watch the competition and have a huge party, with camping, live music, and plenty of beer. They arrived by the hundreds throughout the weekend not knowing what our skateboard park rules and town ordinance regulations were. The Carbondale Police Department, instead of taking a heavy hand on enforcing and arresting violators of our park rules and town ordinances, were very professional in how they community policed and diplomatically positioned themselves to make their presence known, yet prevent confrontation with a large crowd. A big thank you goes out to Police Chief Gene Schilling and all his officers for the great job they did with the large crowd they had to deal with. I also want to thank the Public Works Department and their director, Larry Ballenger, who had to reprioritize their other projects, in spending a tremendous number of man hours setting up and taking down the event venue.If there is a decision by the town trustees to host this event again, there must be measures and safeguards put in place by event promoters and town staff that regulate alcohol consumption and controls crowd behavior as it pertains to abiding by our park rules and town ordinances. The major areas of concern regard alcohol consumption, skateboarding without helmets, dogs running at large, camping policies, crowd control, safety at the perimeter edge of the skatepark bowls, and finally, a better effort made on trash/litter cleanup from the event promoters and from the spectators themselves. Only if these things can happen, should the town consider hosting it again next year.Jeff Jackelrecreation directortown of Carbondale

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