I would like to thank the cities of Sacramento and Elk Grove for welcoming Lodi's displaced skaters, bikers and scooters with open arms. The many skate parks there have the same problems as ours, yet the community, parks and recreation and police work together so everyone can enjoy riding. Every day there are car loads of kids driving to Elk Grove and Sacramento just so they can do the sport they love.
Now that gas is almost $5 a gallon, that just shows the level of commitment from Lodi riders as a whole. Their frustration is growing more each day as they see their hometown spot chained up and closed, especially during the two-week vacation from school and these last days of summer.
It has been six weeks since the park closed, with only one meeting for everyone to discuss problems and solutions. It is time for action, resolution and, most importantly, the chains to come off the ramps.