At the State College Borough Council meeting on Aug. 1, residents voiced concern for the noise from a skate/bike park.
One of the main purposes of Orchard Park is to support recreational activities. Most recreational activities generate noise. Whether they are the cheers of soccer players celebrating a goal; the ringing of basketball hoops; the ping of balls on bats; the shrieks of joy from the children on the playground; or the swoosh of rubber tires and boards on ramps, these are all the joyous sounds of children (and adults) having fun. These are beautiful sounds, sounds to be celebrated.
Skate/bike parks can be designed and built with landscape aesthetics and noise mitigation in mind. Let’s take advantage of our fellow residents not only in the cycling industry, but also the engineers, planners, small business owners and others who want to donate their time to help design and build a sustainable skate/bike park. Let’s expand our recreational activity options. Let’s build a skate/bike park for the kids who enjoy riding bicycles, skateboards and scooters — the kids who do not have a public option.
Branyan Booth Sensiba, State College
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