Neighbors react to possible skate park expansion

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – News 10 recently told you about the possible expansion of a local skate park.

Phase two is on the horizon at Voorhees Park in Terre Haute.

The city is currently in the planning stage, but not everyone is excited about the possibility of a new addition.

The possibility of building more to the skate park is also building frustration among neighbors.

“We’ve got enough problems now. We don’t need that here,” said Richard Jones II.

“They’re going to be out there with their spray paint, doing stupid stuff, and skating in the parking lot,” said Earl Byerley.

With the skate park just a kick flip away from many backyards neighbors say vandalism and even theft has become a growing problem.

“Trash from over there even ends up over here.” Said Byerley.

“Our garage got broken into, and they took the air compressor and some tools. I’m not going to put the blame all over there, but since that’s gone in we’ve had a lot of trouble down through here,” said Jones.

On the flip side the attraction has drawn visitors from across the country.

“Now we are going to Oklahoma City and this is a common stop, love it here,” said John Potter.

He for one is excited about a bigger area to hit the ramps.

“Expansion is always good for the community because it’s a tourist attraction. You actually do bring in a lot of money towards gas stations,” said Potter.

Still neighbors are torn over whether or not the expansion is worth the money.

“They’re hellions; they kick the trash barrels over and everything. It’s just going to be a bad idea to go any farther with that,” said Jones.

“It would be worth the money to give the kids who appreciate it something to do,” said Byerley.

Mayor Duke Bennett said they will look into getting surveillance cameras to crack down on vandalism.

Again, they are only in the planning phase.

A price tag is not known.

Construction could begin as early as 2016.

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