The town was building a skateboard park. The reasoning behind community skateboard parks has been well-documented. And her clipboard was full of names of people - some with children and some without - who didn't mind the idea. What they did mind was the fact that the Borough was considering their neighborhood to put the park in question.
There was much discussion during that meeting and I had one of those moments when my filter doesn't work correctly - when I say what I'm thinking without really knowing I'm about to say it.
And then it just came out - clear and loud - I'll take it.
For a second the room was very quiet as all at the table looked at me in disbelief. My brain quickly went into to overdrive. Did I actually say that out loud? Did I just volunteer to take on a skateboard park? Without consulting my board? Without even knowing the ramifications? Yes...yes, I did.
Here's the reality: my library is built on Borough property. I would do just about anything to cooperate with this community. While I know that skateboard parks come with a lot of problems, I also know that one thing they always come with...TEENS! If I'd pondered it before, I probably would have sought someone out and told them to put that skateboard park on our front lawn, because it makes sense. Public libraries are supposed to do these kinds of things. We are supposed to serve the recreational, social and educational needs of our community. It makes sense, right?
So that unfiltered comment is now closer to being a reality. In the newspaper this week, I read that the Borough had allotted $80,000 to move the skate park equipment to its new site - the front lawn of the public library. While I never imagined how happy I'd be about it that day at that meeting, the more I think about it, the more opportunities I see. What a great way to bring the kids to us!
Oh, and I bet that lady with the clipboard is THRILLED.