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Articles - April 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Dubbed the gnarliest park in the U.S., Lincoln City's state-of-the-art skate park was built by local teens.
Another successful project that has brought visitors beyond the beach — as well as national acclaim to the city — is Lincoln City’s state-of-the-art skate park. In 1999 some young men had a vision for a skate park. Olsen and his staff were dismissive; the youngsters wanted to build it themselves. But when they persisted, Olsen and Ron Ploger, director of parks and recreation, brainstormed how they could make it happen.

The city hired the five young men as summer workers. The teens worked tirelessly, redesigning the original plan (which had been farmed out to a design firm and was, in their words, “horrible”) and pouring the concrete.

Two years later they built an expansion, including a retro swimming pool. Thrasher Magazine ran a cover story calling the park “America’s gnarliest.” Out of that collaboration more business was born. Two of the young men founded Dreamland Skateparks, which has built more than 15 skate parks around the country and one in Belgium. The park attracts avid skaters from around the state and generates income for the city, which rents the park to both nonprofits and commercial groups.




0 #1 Correction to your opening paragraphJDaschel 2011-03-28 09:16:13
There are at least 2 resident families in Lincoln City who drive electric vehicles, we own one of them. We are supporters of the EV charging stations not because we need them (we charge in our garages) but because there will be a large influx of EV-owners in the Willamette Valley in the next couple years, who will need a place for charging when they enjoy the coast. We welcome them to Lincoln City!
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Cathleen Shea
0 #2 Cathleen Shea 2011-03-29 17:31:11
NW Natural Gas awarded Lincoln City the "First Smart Energy City" award in April 2010.

The EPA rated Lincoln City a "Green Power Community" in 2009; one of only eight cities, nationwide, at the time.

City-Data.com says the median household income in Lincoln City was $6695 in 2008. The median salary for Oregon was over $50711.

QualityInfo.org, Oregon Employment Dept’s website, talks about wage inequality in Oregon. They say out of the $63 billion dollars earned in Oregon in 2009, much of that money went to high wage earners vs. minimum wage earners. A different story than Ms. Margulis' article begins to emerge.

COLA increases on my pension are 2-3% per year. Maybe 17% over the mentioned time span. Am I better off? What about the cost of inflation compared to salary increases?

What about infrastructure? Mr. Hawker threatened to cut off the water to five families on city water because "it's too expensive to repair the line that runs in front of their homes." God save anyone trying to run a business from their home when the water gets cut off.

There are a lot of "neat" projects that have been done in town. They are scattered projects that show no specific goal to the commitment of the long term needs of this city -- needs like a water system that doesn’t lose 30% of its water between the plant and the faucet.

If we keep talking about the surface things that draw people to this town, but do not address the needs of the full time citizens. There will be no town to visit for a vacation.

Thanks for writing the article. It made look up real facts about my town.
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