To that end, YASC has spoken before the Santa Ana City Council, Parks and Recreation Department and met with other elected officials. They have also partnered with such skateboard advocacy groups as the Tony Hawk Foundation, Action Sports Kids Foundation and OC Ramps.
In October, Edwin Ruiz spoke at a walk/bike conference in Sacramento, where he shared his perspective that the streets are often dangerous for skateboarders, whereas skate parks are safe and sanctioned environments.
“My passion for skateboarding has grown ever since I noticed that it brings youth together as a family as we encourage each other,” Edwin says. “This has motivated me to work on improving our streets and adding more skate parks to keep other youth like myself active and safe.”
“Funding for five more skate parks is far from finalized, yet our youth are committed to working through each detail and taking every step,” Maria says. “Their latest effort is a detailed data gathering project within neighborhoods to assess attitudes and preferences by the community relative to skate parks.”
Maria says that in addition to skate park advocacy, the experience is providing our youth with valuable training in leadership and team work.
“Skate boarding can suffer from a less than positive image,” Maria says. “I think our YASC youth are doing a wonderful job changing that undeserved image.”
By Glenn Leibowitz, volunteer writer