Voice of the People
Dear Chesterton Tribune,
My name is Dan Williams. Iím currently a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant in
Afghanistan and I grew up in Porter County.
I read the Tribune occasionally online and came across an article regarding
a skateboard park for the youth. As an avid skateboarder, with over 20 years
of experience, this sparked my interest.
I used to live in California and have talked to the Tony Hawk foundation
before. They are an organization focused on helping smaller cities build
parks for youth in need of a place to go.
Given the alarming heroin abuse, and other drug usage of teens and young
adults in Porter County, I am confident they would be willing to help. I
also recently contacted a company run by ex-professional skateboarder Jim
Rees to see if they would be interested in building the park if it is
approved and the city approved of it.
One idea, I doubt the town has thought of, is that a skateboard park doesnít
have to be just that. The land can be acquired though many means. Consider a
veterans memorial park, a police memorial park, a war on drugs sponsored
park, or even a memorial park for the steel workers of Indiana who have died
on the job.
If you have any points of contact with the city that I may contact regarding
the park, I would love to provide my assistance in any way possible. I love
the town of Chesterton and hope to help give something back to it even
though Iím across the world right now.
Thank you for your time,
Gunnery Sergeant USMC