||[Apr. 12th, 2002|09:14 am]
|||||X-raided - "Hellraizer"||]|
James and I originally planned to spend yesterday at the Louisville Science center. Unfortunately, by the time we got down there it would be closing in only a few hours. So we walked around downtown. James was set on finding an art store....so we walked, from 4th and Jefferson..... 4th and Main....down to 15th, up to Market Street and eventually ended up at 4th and Broadway. No Art Stores. Atleast 5 wig shops, but no art supply store at all:(...First Sunburn of the year though, and I'm excited.
We Continued the walk...to the new Skate Park. Which isnt that impressive to me. It doesn't seem much bigger than Breslin. Obviously whoever designed this park didn't have street skaters in mind. Just pros. There are two half pipes connected by a narrow platform. We watched a kid (about 13years old)on a bike come up fast from one half pipe, skid on the platform, and fall headfirst into the second half pipe. We looked down and the kid was shaking, with blood running down his chest. Some other skaters tried to pick him up, and everyone screamed for them to set him back down. Some adults stayed by him until help came. First the fire department, then ambulance. Last, the police...
About 15 minutes after EMS took the biker kid to the hospital, a skater about the same age did the same thing, in the exact same spot. He didn't have enough time to stop on the small platform, and fell into the second halfpipe. After some people ran to help him, he started to stand up, but quickly fell back down. I could only see blood on his arm, and didn't see how bad he had fallen. The same paramedics showed up to help the kid. As the were taking him out on a stretched I saw that his teeth had gotten stuck in his lips.
So Obviously this park wasn't built for the public. The city probably thought more of keeping The ESPN X-games here while building this skatepark. It was designed for professionals who would never fall into a halfpipe, but do tricks over the flatform and land smoohly. I asked a woman who comes to the park often, and she said that EMS is called atleast 12 times a day. Maybe the should build atleast a first aid shelter by the park. Something.