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(Tribune Review)   Retired school teacher finds 50-year-old stock certificate; builds skate park so the kids will stay off his lawn   (pittsburghlive.com) divider line 79
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2006-11-21 10:05:12 AM
Hats off to him.
 
2006-11-21 10:18:25 AM
Pffft. I would have bought two PS3's on eBay.
 
2006-11-21 10:20:07 AM
64 acres??
 
2006-11-21 10:21:50 AM
Nice man. Hope the little hoodlums appreciate it.
 
2006-11-21 10:36:28 AM
Awww, that's farking awesome!

Off my lawn!
 
2006-11-21 11:49:34 AM
In other news, Robert Altman's dead.
 
2006-11-21 11:49:47 AM
who pays for the liability insurance at these 'parks' and how much are they required to carry? just wondering...
 
2006-11-21 11:50:09 AM
"Kids need so much today, and I wish I could do more, but I did what I could for them," Peach said.

This guy is the textbook definition of hero.
 
2006-11-21 11:50:46 AM
Awesome headline. +1.
 
2006-11-21 11:51:50 AM
jak1357: who pays for the liability insurance at these 'parks' and how much are they required to carry? just wondering...


The proceeds of glue sales made from the ground flesh and bone of ambulance chasing lawyers.
 
2006-11-21 11:53:57 AM
So, if you donate an old stock certificate, do they still get reamed on the non-inflation adjusted capital gains tax?
 
2006-11-21 11:54:21 AM
What a great guy. Reading that has put a smile on my face at the end of a rotten day at work.

/Ex skater.
// Wish I'd had a skate park when I was growing up
 
2006-11-21 11:54:23 AM
In other news, Retired Principal Arrested by IRS for failing to claim captial gains, dividends.
 
2006-11-21 11:55:02 AM
Good stuff. The simple sweetness that sugars this land.
 
2006-11-21 11:55:42 AM
So, if you donate an old stock certificate, do they still get reamed on the non-inflation adjusted capital gains tax?

WTF are you talking about?
 
2006-11-21 11:56:12 AM
Did anyone else read that as "refried school teacher"?

Methinks it be time for lunch...
 
2006-11-21 11:56:26 AM
Good thing he didn't donate it to any Katrina 'victims'. They'd have just sold the skatepark without every skating there.
 
2006-11-21 11:57:08 AM
When James Peach finished his tour of duty in the Army...

eprentice.sdsu.edu

/seriously, what he did was cool
//no, it was awesome
///someone buy that man a beer!
 
2006-11-21 11:57:40 AM
Most of the skate parks that have been built around here never even get used. Seems like a waste to me.
 
2006-11-21 11:58:38 AM
"I read about it and thought that's a wonderful thing, and it will get kids off the street,"
i80.photobucket.com
 
2006-11-21 12:00:39 PM
Obviously a liberal and commnist, giving money to undeserving children. Some of them may not be perfect, and you know what you get, giving money to the undeserving? A Welfare State!
 
2006-11-21 12:01:10 PM
The City of Wichita built a pretty kickass skate park recently on some otherwise-unusable land under a freeway overpass downtown. Kids are crowded in there every day it's open.

And nobody's swiped my hubcaps lately, either. Coincidence?
 
2006-11-21 12:01:29 PM
jak1357

who pays for the liability insurance at these 'parks' and how much are they required to carry? just wondering...

It depends on the city. Most city's now, have classified skateparks in the same balloon as basketball courts. You fall, you get hurt, its your own damn fault. Some cities are required to force the skaters to wear pads and helmets, and the cops enforce this.

/skatepark designer and diehard skater
 
2006-11-21 12:03:04 PM
Nice story. Sounds like a good guy.
 
2006-11-21 12:04:25 PM
FTA: "I've got two good feet and I want to keep it that way," Peach said.

School Teacher or Porn Star?
 
2006-11-21 12:04:34 PM
that stock averaged 11% annual compounded growth, that's a pretty good return on investment.

too bad the jerk blew his money on those damn kids.

i got the jokes!
 
2006-11-21 12:05:25 PM
just rtfa - 65 acres? thats gotta be a typo.
 
2006-11-21 12:05:58 PM
why didn't the company escheat the property to hte state long ago? legally, they would have been obligated to at least as far back as 1965.
 
2006-11-21 12:06:33 PM
after reading about the 8th grader and 16 year old who murdered an honor student for her phone & reading about the Annapolis mall shooting - I'm severely bummed about the future of kids in this world.

In John Madden voice:
"Here's a guy who when he finds some money- BOOM! He does something good with it."
 
2006-11-21 12:07:24 PM
Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Obviously a liberal and commnist, giving money to undeserving children. Some of them may not be perfect, and you know what you get, giving money to the undeserving? A Welfare State!

No a liberal or communist would force someone else to donate the money or put them in jail.
 
2006-11-21 12:08:38 PM
Slappy Kincaid: after reading about the 8th grader and 16 year old who murdered an honor student for her phone & reading about the Annapolis mall shooting - I'm severely bummed about the future of kids in this world.

Why? Exception never proves the rule. Anyone that tells you different is selling something.
 
2006-11-21 12:10:08 PM
Bloginspanken, I see your point, but when you read the stories and hear that the kids who did the killing were abused, etc., and that they were goaded by adults on that train, it bums me out.
 
2006-11-21 12:10:28 PM
Why should anyone have any liability besides the skateboarder.

Skateboarding is an inherently dangerous activity, just ask the pro's

You choose to try a new trick, you fail, you go to the hospital and that is all your fault.
 
2006-11-21 12:12:01 PM
I guess he could be a hero since he got skateboarders off public sidewalks and put them into a confined area.

/hates skateboarders
 
2006-11-21 12:12:02 PM
As a 20+ year skateboard veteran, I am always glad to see when someone "gets it", especially when they have no intent to skate. You wouldn't believe the red tape that we have to plow through to get a skatepark built in SoCal. Dealing with parks and rec is enough of a nightmare, but it only gets worse when they bid the contract out to a landscape architect who has never set foot on a skateboard and thinks that a CAD model will make the perfect skatepark. The end result is that one of the meccas of skateboarding has some of the worst skateparks. Thanks, Purkiss Rose.

We have since decided to take matters into our own hands. DIY skateparks FTW.

Washington Street

Channel Street
 
2006-11-21 12:12:19 PM
That's a goofy mctwist of events.


/Ollie says the sketchy IRS can shoveit
//skater back in the day
 
2006-11-21 12:12:47 PM
Caveman Slides were my favorite - once slid right into a mailbox - blood all over me and the board - the good old days. I remember skating for hours trying to do a trick, the reward of pulling it off was memorable.
 
2006-11-21 12:12:56 PM
jak1357:
who pays for the liability insurance at these 'parks' and how much are they required to carry? just wondering...

The liability is a cost, and that's why you don't see many privately owned parks. That being said, you may be surprised to learn that skateboarding causes fewer injuries requiring medical attention per participant annually than football, baseball, or basketball. Most city parks carry a "skate at your own risk, helmets and pads encouraged" policy. The skater is then liable for all usage of the park, other than injuries resulting from poorly maintained equipment (and those ramps do take a beating). Of course, or legal system is still a biatch...

I would be surprised if the liability was higher for a skatepark than for a municipally-owned swimming pool.
 
2006-11-21 12:13:59 PM
Good for him! Made a smile come to my face.

We have a town skate park and I'm sure my taxes pay for it. I will tell you this - even if they doubled the taxes for it I would still pay because they are always there and never on the street, supermarket, bank, or anywhere else railings and curbs can be found. It's awesome.

-c
 
2006-11-21 12:15:16 PM
Raunch Nice work - I wish we had those types of skate parks when I was younger - we probably would have learned more. My son is getting a skateboard, maybe the old man will have some spring left in him to hand down a few pointers.
 
2006-11-21 12:18:18 PM
Bloginspanken: so, if you donate an old stock certificate, do they still get reamed on the non-inflation adjusted capital gains tax?

If you gift a stock to a proper non-profit/charity organization you don't have to pay capital gains taxes, nor does the charitable organization. It's a good way to make donations when you've got a sizeable portfolio.
 
2006-11-21 12:18:57 PM
Ruffians are the downfall of our nation.
 
2006-11-21 12:20:38 PM
nerfball
why didn't the company escheat the property to hte state long ago?

Did you fall asleep on your keyboard?
 
2006-11-21 12:21:32 PM
I almost forgot to mention the birthplace of the DIY skatepark movement and the current masters of skatepark design and construction. They make skateable works of art. See for yourselves.

Burnside
 
2006-11-21 12:22:19 PM
RAUNCHY
its true, socal has some of the shiatiest skateparks i've ever been to. We toured the entire west coast in 99 and oregon took the cake. I moved to the islands after that, and upon returning 5 years later, I found that there was a shiatload more parks, but they all sucked - crappy conrete work, poor design, etc.

The doit yourself technique has proven to be the best way, take a look at burnside - its noe of the most famous parks in the world and was started by some skaters with bags of concrete.

/tip of the hat.
//lifelong vert skater.
 
2006-11-21 12:23:11 PM
I wish $161,000 = $900.00 to me.

/Taking up rummaging in attack(s) for old stock certs.
 
2006-11-21 12:28:47 PM
I say because he donated the cash he gets the first drop in on the half pipe.

go old man go!
 
2006-11-21 12:32:08 PM
And the true "hardcore" skate punks will avoid this place like the plague because "It's fake man" and the will continue to reign destruction down on private property.
 
2006-11-21 12:40:30 PM
John1701q,

"Reign destruction down"? Oh man, you are the polar opposite of the guy in the article. Look, we've been around for almost 50 years, and we aren't going anywhere soon. If you don't like us skating "private" property, help us find a suitable alternative.

BTW, you actually hit on something with your trolling. There is nothing quite like skating things that weren't built to skate. Backyard pools are the best.
 
2006-11-21 12:43:58 PM
This story put a smile on my face and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Good on him.
 
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