Although I agree that the skatepark has been a mess, it pales in comparison to the filth left behind last weekend by concert attendees.
Campers during Stampede also leave behind a much bigger mess. These offenders are provided with many garbage receptacles and they are supposed adults.
I do believe the kids using the skatepark should take responsibility and pride in their park but I don’t think locking them out is the answer.
I’m pretty certain nobody would ever shut down the Stampede due to a few litterbugs.
I know the group of kids that cleaned up the park and is now policing their peers to ensure continued clean up. I also know that none of the adults who left their garbage behind after Stampede and the Summer Send Off Festival, came back to clean up after themselves.
Editor’s Note: The Ponoka Stampede Association typically hires service clubs and youth groups to pick up trash after their events. However, that does not excuse the actions of the litterbugs. GAB, editor