Dear Editor:

The skate park in Decorah needs to be improved for many reasons. Skateboarding has increased in popularity and has ranked in sixth place on the worldwide sport popularity list and it's not hard to see why.

Skating increases hand-eye coordination and one's general attention span. It improves balance as well as muscle mass in the quadriceps and calves. Skateboarding hands out physical and mental challenges to every skater, no matter their skill level.

Skating tends to get a bad label. It's said to be dangerous and in most ways it isn't. One-third of injuries happen to beginners within their first week of learning how to skate. It ranks comparatively low on an injury list to other popular sports.

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