Skateboard park’s time has come, says Basalt Town Council |

Skateboard park’s time has come, says Basalt Town Council

Some say the time has come for Basalt to help its youth build a skateboard park. Mayor pro tem Leroy Duroux just hopes the town doesn’t work on “government time” to provide it.

Duroux, who ran Tuesday night’s council meeting in the absence of Mayor Rick Stevens, poked fun at the town government throughout the evening for taking so long to complete various tasks. The discussion of a skateboard park proved his point.

Town Manager Tom Baker noted that a pathway adjacent to Cafe Bernard was getting “abused” by kids just looking for a cool place to ride. He suggested the town head efforts to provide a dedicated skateboard park, and look for partners to help build it.

Council members informally approved the idea, but for some it was deja vu all over again. Duroux, who supported the idea, noted that more than 100 Basalt-area kids petitioned the town government two years ago for a skateboard park.

“Government works at a snail’s pace,” Duroux lamented.

He encouraged the town staff to get the process rolling as quickly as possible – with kids helping and participating in civics.

“This could be a good learning experience without them really knowing,” he said.

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