Problem recognizers, problem solvers

  • Wed Jan 31st, 2018 5:11pm
  • Life
After meeting with City of Forks Public Works Director Paul Hampton Friday morning, this group went to work repairing the vandalized mini-ramp at the skatepark at Tillicum Park. The city donated money which was used to buy a 5-gallon bucket, one bag of concrete and an adhesive which was applied with a caulk gun. The other tools such as trowels, buckets, brooms, air hammer and air compressor were donated by Justin Sane Carner and Josh Gray. Photo Christi Baron

After meeting with City of Forks Public Works Director Paul Hampton Friday morning, this group went to work repairing the vandalized mini-ramp at the skatepark at Tillicum Park. The city donated money which was used to buy a 5-gallon bucket, one bag of concrete and an adhesive which was applied with a caulk gun. The other tools such as trowels, buckets, brooms, air hammer and air compressor were donated by Justin Sane Carner and Josh Gray. Photo Christi Baron

So often it seems that there are a lot of problem recognizers. They recognize that there is a problem with something in our country or community and they complain and ask, “Who is going to fix this?”

But occasionally there are problem recognizers that become problem solvers. They see a problem and realize that they have the skills to fix it, and they do.

On Friday, I got a message from Justin Sane Carner that read: “Hey Forks Forum, some volunteers are meeting with a city rep today at the Forks Skatepark. Repairs and planning for expansion are happening and it would be really cool to get some community exposure! We are prepping to do spring fundraisers for expansion projects and any acknowledgment from the community would go a long way. The work project will be happing today at 10 at the Forks Skatepark.”

So the problem that was recognized — but not mentioned — in the message was that a vandal (or vandals) had gone to the skatepark at Tillicum Park and taken a hammer or something similar and smashed the edge of the mini-ramp. Instead of just complaining about it, a group organized and contacted the city and then went to work fixing it!

And this isn’t the first time they have stepped up.

Josh Gray shared in a Facebook post about the repair activity, “Since we (Forks skateboarders) raised all the money for the mini ramp in 2011 and built it ourselves, we take great pride in what we’ve built for not only ourselves but the entire community and visitors alike. The reason I am writing this post is for really two reasons …

First off, to raise awareness that our park is very positive place for people of all walks of life. And that it will require maintenance here and there. All the maintenance up until this big fix was paid for and done by myself with my own money. I’ve since had a child and started logging about three years ago. Since then I’ve seen a steady decline in the shape the park is in.

Whatever people break we can fix but it does cost money and this time we needed the help of the city and they happily did so no questions asked as they recognize the park for what it is, a great outlet for kids and adults. My other reasoning for making this post is to make it very clear that the maintenance we did involved a bit of concrete and it rained on us so the concrete is still very wet to the touch and vulnerable. it’s slowly getting harder but may take a week or so to fully set. So please, please, please stay off of the mini ramp at the skatepark.

It took us 5 hours to complete the maintenance, now we just need everyone to stay off of it until it is fully dried. Thank you. Thank you again to Paul Hampton (public works director) , Justin Carner, and the four people who donated their time for free; Hugo Lucas, Scott B Rodriguez, Taylor Graham, Marco Ramos Contreras all out of the love for the skatepark. Thank you everyone who has ever been involved.”

So thanks to these young men for recognizing a problem and then doing something about it! They also shared with me that an FHS senior has a senior project planned that will add improvements to the infrastructure of the skatepark.

I have always felt that vandals are miserable people that feel by destroying things that make people happy they will make those happy people miserable too. This time thanks to some positive problem solvers the vandals failed … the volunteers even got offered free hamburgers at Sully’s!

— Christi Baron

 

Taking part in the repairs were Marco Ramos, Josh Gray, Hugo Lucas, Scott Brito and Taylor Graham. Not pictured, Justin Carner. Photo Christi Baron

Taking part in the repairs were Marco Ramos, Josh Gray, Hugo Lucas, Scott Brito and Taylor Graham. Not pictured, Justin Carner. Photo Christi Baron