CALEXICO — The half-pipe looked lonely.
A westerly wind whipping through the New River basin on Monday seemed to carry its plaintive wail, "Ollie off me, dude. C'mon. No one will know. It'll be our little secret."
There is a new skate park in Calexico that no one is allowed to use.
There is the aforementioned half-pipe, a fun box with a kinked rail and a beginners' area.
The new park is encircled by a chain-link fence. It won't be open for grinding and ollying until Dec. 15.
According to City Manager Richard Inman, the fence has failed to deter some local "Skate-or-Die" types.
Inman broke it down for the City Council in a recent letter.
"With regard to Nosotros Park, the skateboard ramps are being installed and will be in place by Friday, Nov. 30.
"Already, kids have scaled the fence and entered the park," he wrote.
Inman is looking to nip this illicit skating in the bud.