Comparing San Jose to Memphis
San Jose is a city that in 2002 was named the safest big city in the U.S. and has a comparable population and size to Memphis.
San Jose and Memphis both have populations around 1 million and their square mileage is close.
I checked the San Jose homepage and they have in their plans to build 10 skate parks within the next few years. They are currently building California's largest concrete skate park. Their vision is that every community or neighborhood should have it's own skate park just like a baseball field or basketball court.
Thats what I'd like to see in Memphis but honestly it may have to wait another decade or so until all the younger skaters grow
up and demand the likes. You see there are not too many old dudes like myself that skate around here, whereas there is a HUGE population of "older" skaters in California that are now in the position to be major advocates not only for their sport but for their kids that are now skating. You want the perfect example of this happening? The former Mayor's (of Louisville) son skateboards- next thing you know Louisville has the biggest park in the U.S.
I don't see in the very near future the average Memphian trading in their golf clubs, grill or hunting gear to go skate so maybe we'll just have to keep waiting. Perhaps we'll get a Mayor who's kids skate, that could help. In the meantime, it' off to California for two weeks with the family. I'll try and get some pictures posted on the construction of the San Jose Skate park. Zach Wormhoudt ( the designer for Louisville) said he might give us a short tour of the progress they are making.....for us it's but a dream back here.