Skaters surprised by abrupt closing of Gonzales skate park
GONZALES, La. (AP) - A Louisiana city has abruptly closed a skate park pushed for by local teens, and it may open a senior center in its place.
The Advocate reports the 4,800-square-foot Gonzales park opened in 2012 with some fanfare, as the teens fought for it for years. But one of those teens, now an adult, recently found the park padlocked.
A nearby sign warned of demolition.
Branden Bennett says the park is personal, as he and several friends created it. Parish administration says it was built on land designated for Ascension Council on Aging expansions, and some have complained of vandalism.
The change was mentioned in a public meeting last month, though some council members say the decision was already made by then. Officials say another park may be built elsewhere.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Three former LSU basketball stars sign contracts during 2021 NBA Draft
Symptoms of Heat Disease
Unemployment is set to run out while businesses are still struggling
OLOL Children's Hospital reports pandemic-high number of COVID hospitalizations
La. reports big increase in vaccinations this week amid COVID surge