Poesta Creek looked at for skaters’ park
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A proposed skate park in Beeville could now be built at Poesta Creek Park on South Tyler Street.

At least that is the latest recommendation that the City Council will consider.

On Nov. 16, the Beeville’s Parks and Recreation Commission members agreed to a make a recommendation to the council that the park be built there.

Commissioners thought the park would have enough room for a better skating facility than Moore Park and would provide a more central location than Veterans Memorial Park.

The parks commissioners delayed action on publishing a request for proposals from firms which design and build skate parks and action on recommending the burial of electric lines at Veterans Park.

The location of where to build the skate park has become a bit controversial as the last site the city looked at drew staunch opposition.

The council had discussed building the skate park next to the Boys and Girls Club, which happens to be next to an already crowded group of soccer fields as well.

Kay Weaver, with the Beeville Soccer Club, said that if the city built a skate park at the Boys and Girls Club, then it would likely kill youth soccer.

“We will not be able to play soccer because we won’t have any place to play,” she said.

Weaver wasn’t objecting to the idea of creating a park for skaters.

“They need a skate park,” she said. “I will be the first person to say we need it.”

Weaver said that she was concerned that the skate park at the Boys and Girls Club would take up valuable space — something they are already short on.

“We don’t have enough field space,” Weaver said. “Right now we are trying to make room for 350 kids to practice out there.”

About a month ago, councilmen met and, following an executive session, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten rescinded his earlier motion to locate a skate park on the west side of the club.

At the time Scotten made the motion, he plainly stipulated that the park would be located there only in the event that the Beeville Soccer League agreed to locating the facility there. League officials did not.

City Secretary Tomas P. Saenz, who commented on Scotten’s rescission of the motion during that meeting, said that puts the matter “back to square one.”

Prior to placing the skate park near the Boys and Girls Club, the council also had suggested that it be built at Flournoy Park.

It was later decided that location would be too dangerous because it is in a high traffic area.

Soccer Club members previously had asked Ginter why Flournoy Park had been taken off the table as a possible location.

“I think there’s some desire that Flournoy Park, since it’s in the central business area of the community, be more of a positive visual park – not to say that a skate park’s not positive,” City Manager Tom Ginter told soccer club members.

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