Roaring Spring needs park

I would first like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the article in the April 10 Mirror on Roaring Spring’s “scooter gang.”

I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

First let me say that I live in Brooks Mills, and there are children riding scooters, bikes, skateboards, and just walking by my house daily.

I’m not someone who doesn’t know the noise and sometimes inconvenience associated with these activities.

Second, I know some of the children in this “gang.”

I’m privileged to work with their parents. These children are not hoodlums, drug abusers/users, or delinquents. They are kids who are outside, riding scooters, who just want to have fun together.

In today’s highly technological age, just prying children away from video games and computers is a very hard task.

Getting them involved in outdoor physical activities is a good thing, something to be encouraged.

If the good citizens of Roaring Spring would rather not have the children riding on their streets and sidewalks, I would like to make a suggestion: Put the energy you are using to oust these children, into providing them with a place they can safely ride and socialize.

Many caring communities have parks for this purpose. Why not have one in the Cove area? Contact one of these communities and learn from them how to get one up and running.

Don’t our children deserve this? I know they don’t deserve to be labeled a “gang” and opinions to be formed about them from this situation.

Robin T. Beach, Hollidaysburg