A city in southern California reportedly dumped tons of sand into a popular skatepark to keep skaters hard outside during the coronavirus pandemic.
San Clemente officials poured 37 tonnes of sand into the Ralphs Skate Court after snowboarders were caught red-handed ignoring the “no intrusion” signs.
The signs were posted after the city closed all of its parks and recreation facilities on April 1, as part of the coronavirus home maintenance order, the San Clemente Times reported.
“On April 1, we let it play to see if users would respect the closure,” said Samantha Wylie, the city’s director of recreation for the beaches, parks and recreation department.
” During this [two-week period], we saw people continue to skate in the park, groups gathered, children with their parents; he became a regular [occurrence]. It seems that the closure is not respected. “
Cities across the country are seeking to control their public space during the coronavirus epidemic to ensure that people follow the rules of social distancing.
Wyle said exit sand was a cheap option for a park that is not surrounded by any high fencing.
“We have considered fencing. Fencing is really hard to get right now, and we know we’ve done skate park fencing before, and it’s just jumped, “said Wylie, adding,” We also considered safety, but it comes at a cost.
“The sand, it cost us nothing to put it in, (and) it will cost us nothing to remove it. That’s why we chose this decision. “
The measure listed the San Clemente Skatepark Coalition, a non-profit organization that helped raise funds for the park.
Coalition president Stephanie Aguilar told The Times that the city could have contacted the coalition and used the group to communicate the need for social distancing.
She said it was a double standard for snowboarders.
“Social distance has not been followed in many different areas, whether on our trails, our tennis courts, our basketball courts, our walking trails; we have not seen the city pouring sand on the walking path, “said Aguilar.
“We have not seen them pouring sand on another sports area used. It just plays on, sort of flow in this double standard with which the skate community has been treated. “