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Kelowna teens petition for Lower Mission area skate park

A group of Kelowna skateboarders is petitioning for a skate park in the city's Lower Mission area.
A group of Kelowna skateboarders is petitioning for a skate park in the city's Lower Mission area. Global News

Hundreds of people have signed a petition started by a group of Kelowna teens calling for a skateboard park in the city’s Lower Mission neighbourhood.

The idea of starting a petition came from one of the teen’s teachers, who noticed the group constantly skateboarding on the steps of their school.

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“I haven’t seen one person hating on the idea of having a skate park. (It’s) always a good thing to get kids outside” said petitioner Evan Strang.

The skateboarders have a few other places in the area they frequent, including the parking lots of local businesses.

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However, the teens said they are almost always asked to leave.

Petitioner Noah Goodyear said a local skate park would give them a place to go without having to constantly worry about being kicked out

Two days after the online petition was launched, more than 1,400 people have signed it.

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The skateboarders said the plan is to get the attention of the city to see if it is within budget to build a skate park.

The teens said they may also consider doing some fundraising of their own if necessary.