Portage Public Library Teen Activity Center Conversations .
We talked with several visitors to the center. A couple families came to the Center together to check it out and other teens came on their own. Dawn Foster had Pizza and Pop for the kids and more than a few people came to visit the PFSP Display table. It was refreshing to speak with teens who are excited about having a Skate Park built in Portage. They enjoy the library space and several said ‘we need more safe places for teens to just hangout in Portage.’
We talked with a couple teens who have an interest in Art and talked about ways they might be able to get involved with helping on our Portage Family Skate Park Project. A married couple that was passing through the Teen area stopped to tell us they had a son in college now who used to love skateboarding. They are glad to see us moving forward successfully with our Skate Park Project. Another young person said she thinks the location of the Skate Park is great because there are so many families with children living in that area. It’s great to hear youth supporting youth and their variety of interests and it’s refreshing to hear them begin to think about what skills they have to offer in order to help make the Skate Park become a reality!
Thank you Portage Public Library for inviting us to the Teen Activity Center Open House!
- June G. Paul, PFSP Secretary
An Interview with Lydia
Lydia is a member of the Student Council and will graduate in September 2016. We talked at the Teen Center Open House after she stopped by our display table and said she thinks it’s great we’re building a Skate Park by the Splash Pad.
I asked her if she was Skateboarder.
“No, I’m not and none of my close friends Skateboard, but I see Skateboarders around town and I think it’ll be good. I think it’s in a good area because it’s open and because there are a lot of families with kids in that area that can walk to the park.”
Lydia, have you heard very much about The Skate Park Project?
“No, I haven’t. If you hadn’t been here tonight I wouldn’t have known you have a website or seen that you have a newsletter. Otherwise what I’ve head is, well, kind of negative.”
I asked her what she meant by ‘negative.’
“Well, I’ve heard that some parks in other cities have had some problems with their parks. But I think it’s all about how a park is going to be run. Ours is going to be in a central location, not isolated.”
Lydia, did you know that the park is going to have a concession stand?
“No, I didn’t! That’s good, but is it going to be just vending machines?”
Lydia, I think the city wants the concession stand to have people running it and we’ll have cookouts and other things going on there.
“Well that’s good! It sounds like that will also make the park a nice, safe place for teens to hang out.”
“Lydia, did you know that The Portage Family Skate Park Project screens our volunteers and committee members? That way you know, if you are helping with the project that every one you work with at a PFSP sponsored event has been ‘approved.’”
“No, I didn’t know that either and that is really good to know. I’m glad you do that!”
Lydia is on the Student Council and she said most of what the Council does are things around the school but they do also do bell ringing during the Holidays. She wants the council to help spread the word about what’s happening for teens in our community. Lydia is also involved in Forensics and said she might considered doing something centered around Skateboarding this year.
“I want to help spread the word about the Skate Park and get more positive information out to the students and public if she can.”
Lydia, I think you’re are already doing it! Thank you for allowing me to interview you at The Portage Public Library Teen Activity Center Open House. - June