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Why No Skateboarding Parks in Okinawa?

Date Posted: 2000-01-28

Dear Editor, I want to bring up the issue on skateboarding for the young people that skateboard on the Island. I can see they have a lot of baseball, soccer fields, Basketball courts, parks, swimming pools, athletic centers, bicycle veldromes, etc... I just cannot understand why the Okinawa Community cannot spare land to make a Skateboard Park, better yet an indoor skateboard park. I am asking for your help to look into this problem. There is a lot of people out there that skateboard, rollerblade, etc. and have no place except for the streets.. If they made a skatepark, it would keep these kids out of trouble. They had one at Korinza and that was great!! They had a lot of problems there, because it started to become a hang out for everyone. It was a shopping center and the skatepark was on top of the roof parking lot. In retrospect, I think it was not really a skatepark.
Thank you sincerely, Naoto Eric.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thank you very much for bringing up this problem. We promise to do our own bit by opening up a little investigation in the future. For sure, a few questions could bring the competent authorities to react positively.

If you have any other ideas or questions about life in Okinawa, Japan, or anywhere else in the world, just email your comments to editor@japanupdate.com or fax to (098) 934-5616.

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