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Letter to the Editor: IT’S RIDICULOUS TO BUILD AN EXTREME SPORTS CENTER IN ESCONDIDO

Editor, Times-Advocate:

Re: City’s pending RFP for building BMX in Kit Carson Park.

How ridiculous is building any version of the extreme sport known as BMX anywhere in Escondido – and with public funds? Let me count the ways! Already so much time & energy spent by the City getting to this point. Personally, I find it absolutely amazing that no one at City Hall could not see the obvious! e.g. “Using Public Monies to promote an extreme sport is extreme insanity – no matter where you put it, and no matter what the sport”. And promoting an extreme sport to our youth (especially to our youth) takes that insanity to an entirely new level. Shame!

Let’s see if I understand this correctly – the City’s admirable goal is to “Develop more activities for youth” as part of their “Neighborhood Program”. One can only assume they mean “healthy activities” for our youth. If so, that’s a very worthy goal indeed. Yet the City then chooses one of the most extreme sports in the world to spend our public monies. They can’t be serious!  Of all the possible activities or sports to choose from – they select an extreme sport that is known for its integral danger for participants. A sport that even recommends body armor? Are you telling me no one on the City Council could not see the irony & hypocrisy in all of this? So while many Cities across America are banning BMX in Public Parks, our City Council is actually considering putting one of these monsters in our own – and even focusing on public land that is totally wrong for building it! I keep saying to myself – no way can all council members be that insane or just plain smitten by BMX.

Finally, consider this, Kit Carson Park has over 4,000 students within walking distance! WOW – talk about the City missing the biggest picture of all – our impressionable youth. Hey, why not instead just rent billboards promoting beer and cigarettes on “site 2”- the City’s favorite location to build their BMX monster.  At least the citizens that live directly across the street won’t have to listen to any PA system, screaming kids, endure flood lights, or have their evening peace and tranquility totally destroyed forever.

JERRY PIZET, Escondido

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One response to “Letter to the Editor: IT’S RIDICULOUS TO BUILD AN EXTREME SPORTS CENTER IN ESCONDIDO”

  1. Leo Hefner says:

    Jerry, have you ever even been to any of the BMX races in San Diego to know what you are talking about? From your article I would say not. How about instead of living in fear for you work on a way for the youth of Escondido to be able to participate in this Olympic sport.

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