Hasn’t the Palmetto Bay Mayor and Council noticed that it is the holidays and kids are home on break? The Mayor, Vice Mayor and council are apparently oblivious to this fact, as there are no accommodations made for the youth activities. Where is the winter break camp, especially now that the JFTA camp has moved on?
My own daughter was disappointed to find the Coral Reef park concession stand closed during this same school break period “for renovations, a new menu” Is this really a good time to plan for closure of this amenity? I think not.
I thought it would be a good idea to send my brother and his family over to Palmetto Bay Park on Tuesday, 12/27, so my nephew could enjoy the skate park. I was wrong. They were told (very professionally and politely) by staff that the skate park does not open until 4:00 PM. My brother and family ended up traveling to the open Miami-Dade County Parks skate park located off Sunset Drive.
This is what happens when you have a Mayor, Vice Mayor and council who are too far removed from having young kids of their own. You get what they think is appropriate, not what the child rearing tax-payers need and deserve.
Why haven’t Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Vice Mayor Brian Pariser and the remainder of the council provided the Parks department with the proper budgeting to properly staff the skate park to be open appropriate hours, especially during off school holiday season? Just as important is why the web site only indicates Palmetto Bay Park's Hours of Operation as ‘Open Sunrise to Sunset (with the exception of reserved fields).’ (CLICK HERE to view) There is no mention of reduced hours for the skate parks. This from a Mayor and Vice Mayor who claim transparency! Their failure to properly fund and notify the public again becomes glaringly apparent.
We have built outstanding park assets. We have an outstanding village staff, including parks staff. So why are the kids getting the short end of the deal, especially as the Mayor and Vice Mayor have struggled to find ways to provide discounts to their friends and allies? Expensive activities and amenities free to seniors and friends, but closed to our youth.
Mayor Stanczyk, Vice Mayor Pariser and the remainder of the council need to get tuned in with the demographics of the community. Open the parks for walkers at a consistent and early hour. Don’t wait for 4:00 PM to open a skate park when kids are out of school and need activities. Get a camp going for those who need child care when schools are closed.
I can certainly spend time with my nephew by that time, sneaking out of the office a bit early, my nephew and other similarly situated youth needed that skate park opened earlier in the day.