After local city officials in San Clemente, California dumped piles of sand into a local skate park to dissuade people from using it during the state’s COVID-19 shutdown, local residents, skaters and bikers responded in the only way you’d expect: by digging it out and turning it into a dirt bike course.
Upset that skaters were continuing to use Ralph's Skate Court despite being told to stay home to keep from spreading the coronavirus, city authorities filled up the course with some 37 tons of sand last week to force residents to leave the park.
“On April 1, we kind of let it play out to see if users would abide by the closure,” Samantha Wylie, the city’s parks manager, told the San Clemente Times. “During that (two-week period), we saw people continue to skate the park, groups would gather, kids with their parents. It appeared the closure was not being abided by.”
“The sand was what other agencies were doing,” Wylie continued, claiming that filling the park with 4 inches’ worth of dirt didn’t cost the city anything. “We’re doing what other parks have done to enforce that message of social distancing.”
But some taxpayers weren’t happy with the city’s attempt at forcing social distancing by vandalizing a park their tax dollars had paid for. At first, some residents showed up to the new skate park-turned-beach resort and sunbathed on the sand.
We’d like to thank @cityofsanclemente, who after over-reacting and irrationally shuttering all our beaches and trails, came to the brilliant conclusion to use tax payers dwindling dollars to at least create for us a new beach, up in the Ralph’s Skatepark. Now we have an all new beautiful beach to kick back and enjoy a few #Coronas on, while we wait out the #WuhanFlu. Then, when it’s over, we can use even more tax payer dollars to clean all the sand out and carry it back to #NorthBeach, where it’s so badly needed.
Then, over the weekend, locals showed up with shovels and brooms, rearranging the sand into a dirt bike track.
LOOOL checkmate government dweebs— COLTYBRAH (@coltybrah) April 20, 2020
Turning skatepark into a dirt bike track now pic.twitter.com/GYHi6cQvZo
Eventually, they’d shoveled enough sand out of the park to use it as a skate park once again.
Damn they’re actually shoveling it all out to make it skateable again pic.twitter.com/4LPw1Scy7Z— COLTYBRAH (@coltybrah) April 20, 2020