A place For Everyone    According to Huckmag K-Dub did hard work to build from the ground up skatepark in Oakland after there were only just a few and also a way to bring the community together. (https://www.huckmag.com/outdoor/skate/meet-k-dub-hard-hustling-visionary-behind-oaklands-diy-skate-park-town-park/). Based on the Research it is clear that K-Dub is changing Oakland Skate culture for the better, but the city still needs to do more to help out people.

Firstly, K-Dub is helping skate culture by building parks and bringing awareness. However, There is still a lot that needs to be done because some people like to block skaters.

In many public places in Oakland and the Bay Area, people screw metal rods in cement blocks where people sit on to prevent them from riding on top of them, but Oakland doesn’t do much or spend money on skateparks. That’s why people  skate around the city because they don’t have anywhere else to skate around, people see skateboarders all around the city there are almost no skateparks in Oakland. The city has nice places so people go there but also ban skateboarding so people don’t do it which is dumb because its a public area and people take items like backpacks purses and bicycles there so why would they not let people use skateboards there.

The plan for K-Dub all along was to make a place for everyone to bring a community together and anyone is welcome there, people have gone there also to do art because they get permission to do graffiti around the place so people don’t just go to the Town park to skate there are other reasons to go there some people go there to just hang out with friends so there is always new people there because of the area being so popular it could get Oakland to help by building more skateparks around the city for people as they see that it can give a positive effect it can be a thing where people go there to be comfortable also by restricting less the use of skateboards around the city because there will be more people at actual skateparks than the city causing less people to possibly trespass into a place just to do something with a skateboard. Skateparks are not just for skateboarders people who use scooters also go there because there are a lot of cool  you can do with a scooter.

In conclusion, Oakland can do a lot more to help out people a lot because they can always come out with positive outcomes like K-Dub did and also restrict less how much skateboarding gets used out in the city.

Annotated bibliography 

Perez Manuel and Jesus Ramirez “ Town Skatepark.” Dec 19

In this interview with Jesus he talked about how there are almost no skateparks and how it got to the point to where a man had to build one himself for other people to go there and Oakland needs to do more to help the community out. He mentions that he has been skating for a long time and has never had a good place to practice so like K-Dub building more skateparks would help a lot

Perez Manuel and Roberto Reyes “Oakland Help.” Dec 19

In this interview with Roberto he talked about how Oakland should do a lot more to help us out because if they want to bring the community together they should help everyone and over the years they haven’t done much. Roberto states he grew up skating and also never really went to skateparks because there were none.

Perez Manuel and Roberto Lozano “Skateblockers.” Dec 20

In this interview with Roberto he talked about how skateblockers shouldn’t be a thing because skateboards can go anywhere so the city should remove them from everywhere especially in the city because that is where a lot of skaters go

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September 1, 2022 4:42 pm

Dear Manuel

From the picture of the post to the title of the post, this automatically piqued my interest, so easily understandable, I got to understand the feeling that these skaters in Oakland have, coming across issues when all they wanna do is a harmless hobby. Something you said that caught my attention was that you said, in Oakland, the cities go as far as to put metal rods in the concrete just so people cant ride on there. I think this is very unnecessary and unfair that this is being done by the city, being granted little to no skateparks in the area, people would just wanna use public space to their advantage and skate there, but the city acts selfishly and only does things to prevent skaters not help them. I’m glad you addressed this issue since skating is a hobby to many, and can let people down due to the little accessibility of places to skate in the area, I hope things in Oakland change for all those who skate, whether it’s getting built more skateparks or open area where people can ride without any concern.

Thanks for your writing Manuel, I look forward to what you have to write about next, from your choice of words to the whole format of the post. This is something I enjoyed reading and would wanna hear more about what you have to say next.

Hiral Lariya
Hiral Lariya
May 14, 2020 1:38 am

Dear Manuel,
I found your post very interesting and informational. I didn’t know that there aren’t skateparks for skateboarders in Oakland. I see many people skateboarding every day to get to places. I agree with your idea about building parks for skateboarders. I think that will help bring the skateboarding community together. Great job.

Bryan Quezada
Bryan Quezada
May 6, 2020 2:31 am

Hey Manuel,
How are you? I used to skate as a kid, something I used to love, just cruising around, waiting for my friends to knock on my door and say lets go. We had faced the same issue. I currently go to SJSU. I have been in SJ my whole life I’m 22 years old now. We would usually go skate near the local carls jr and liquor store parking lots, using wheelchair ramps as ramps for us to get some speed haha or grind on the sidewalk or at least try. I agree with your comment, that cities should make safe places for people to skate and invest in the communities. In the youth and those interested in skating. Yeah that is not a great thing when a public pace kicks you out, when you have every right to be there. I also think less chaos will happen in cities if they correct have a place to go. Great ideas, good points, and I like the passion behind the words.

April 13, 2020 4:16 pm

Dear Manuel,
I am a student at SJSU. I agree with you about building skate parks for skaters. This action could bring could the skaters’ community together. However, I still doubt if there will be less people skateboarding around the city if skateparks built. Because people could use skateboards as public transportation to places. Overall, I think you explained the problem well and had done good research on this topic.

April 9, 2020 5:35 am

I found your article very intresting to read. I am not a resident of the Bay Area but I felt as though you explained the problem so well that someone who doesn’t live there can sympathize with you.


February 12, 2020 2:28 am

Dear Manuel,

I found your post to be informational since I did not know that Oakland does not provide actual skateparks. I also agree with you that in building skateparks it will allow individuals to meet and skate. I believe it is important to have certain places like these built in your community. Great post, very insightful!

January 31, 2020 11:24 am

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January 30, 2020 9:36 pm

Dear Manny, I like the idea of building areas where these skaters can call home and they can go there and call it home. Oakland seems like a great place, I mean I liked skateboarding before but now that I read this article I love skateboarding more! People always tend to discriminate skateboarders and profile them all the time, and I hate that. Me being a skateboarder myself, I can see where this reader is coming from, and what he has been through because believe me, as a skateboarder, I been through it all. Here is a great article that talks about the benefits of skateparks https://www.spohnranch.com/the-top-6-benefits-of-public-skateparks-2014-03-02/. I really enjoyed reading this article and I hope to read more from you soon!

January 15, 2020 6:26 pm

Dear Manny, I think your post was really great because you explain a lot how there are no skate parks in Oakland. A line that stood out to me was “The city has nice places so people go there but also ban skateboarding so people don’t do it which is dumb because its a public area and people take items like backpacks purses and bicycles there so why would they not let people use skateboards there”. This line stood out to me because you really have and argument because you think it’s dumb that people ban skateboards on areas even if they are public areas. I agree with your point about how there are rarely any skateparks in Oakland because I drive with my family a lot around Oakland and never see any skateparks. I think that there should really be skateparks for children to go to so they don’t have to skate where people wouldn’t like them to skate. Thanks for writing and keep it up you are really doing a great job.

January 15, 2020 5:19 pm

Dear manuel. ithink that your post was pretty decent. A line that stood out to me is” In many public places in Oakland and the Bay Area, people screw metal rods in cement blocks where people sit on to prevent them from riding on top of them, but Oakland doesn’t do much or spend money on skateparks. That’s why people skate around the city because they don’t have anywhere else to skate around” because you had made a good point an that point actually makes sense. I agree with u because your a skater and you feel strongly about this.keep it up.

January 10, 2020 9:19 pm

I completely agree. The stereotypes and generalizations of skateboarders being criminals, drug users, and dangerous people is an unfair and inaccurate assessment of reality. Skateboarding is an art to those who practice it and can lead to entire careers and professions. The idea to implement more areas for skaters to go is great and something that should already be implemented in areas like this.

January 10, 2020 7:39 pm

I agree, the skating community has been placed down by many because the public believes that skating is a breeding ground for crime. Though in reality skating is a positive activity that push kids to go outside. I believe illicit behavior occurs when the youth has nothing to do or nowhere to go. Skateparks give the youth a safe location to perform and socialize with others in their community.

January 10, 2020 6:45 pm

The idea of building areas in which skaters can go in Oakland is a great idea. It is not an uncommon thing to ban skateboarders around city areas. People tend to associate skateboards with disrespectful kids who vandalize everything. Even though this stereotype isn’t always true, it is one that is very real. That is why I think the idea of building areas where skateboarders are allowed to go is a great idea and one that should be put into action soon. The building of skateparks would be a service to skaters as well as one to the city as they won’t have to worry about the potential problems of skateboarders. I am interested in hearing more about what you have to say on the topic.

Additionally, here is an article about some of the benefits of skateparks.

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