Monday, December 29, 2008

Foreclosed homes = great skate parks

Skaters from around the world are rushing to Fresno for the great skating in empty swimming pools of foreclosed homes.

In these boom times for skaters, Mr. Peacock travels with a gas-powered pump, five-gallon buckets, shovels and a push broom, risking trespassing charges in the pursuit of emptying forlorn pools and turning them into de facto skate parks.

“We can just hit them back to back,” said Mr. Peacock, who preferred to give his skateboarding name because of the illegality of his activities.

In draining these empty pools the kids also are doing a good deed for the city. Removing potential mosquito breeding grounds.

Dirk Voss, a code enforcement agent in Oxnard, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, said even those residents who manage to stay in their homes often could not maintain the pool. “They don’t want to pay for the power to run the motor or pay for the chemicals to treat them,” Mr. Voss said.

But skaters do not mind doing the work, whether it is that of scouting for pools or scouring them. Adam Morgan, 28, a skater from Los Angeles, said it used to take months to find a good skating pool. Now the task is a breeze.

The police have caught Mr. Peacock twice in the past weeks and have asked that they leave instead of issuing citations.


Anonymous said...

Ha If I was in Fresno I would purposely empty my swimming pool and charge money to skate in it. I would build my own little skate park.

Anonymous said...

my brother lives in tracy and they did the same with their pool when they first moved there! how funny...