December 29, 2008

Forelosures a boon for skaters

A California skateboarder who drains pools behind foreclosed homes says skaters the world over are coming to Fresno for the backyard venues.

The 27-year-old skateboarder, who gave only his skating alias, Josh Peacock, said he and his friends risk trespassing charges by traveling to foreclosed homes with a gas-powered pump, 5-gallon buckets, shovels and a push broom to transform the derelict pools into improvised skate parks, The New York Times reported Monday.

We have more pools than we know what to do with, Peacock said. I can't even keep track of them all anymore.

He said the high volume of foreclosed homes with pools has brought skateboarders from as far away as Germany and Australia to his area. Peacock said his floor and couch are covered each weekend by the backpacks of visiting skaters.

The skateboarder said cleaning out the deserted pools is also beneficial to the environment.

I'm doing the city a favor, he said. They're always talking about West Nile (disease) on the news. Those little fish can only eat so much.