Miami might be Birżebbuġa’s closest twin, but the southern town’s new skatepark has locals feeling more like they live in a third world country than a celeb-filled city in the US.
Following a week of relatively heavy rainfall, Birżebbuġa’s skatepark – which was inaugurated back in March – keeps looking more and more like a swimming pool every day. Understandably, locals are fuming… but they’re definitely not holding back on putting authorities on blast and throwing some shade in the process.
“Good morning,” the skatepark’s official Facebook page sarcastically greeted people early on Tuesday to a clip of the flooded park.
“The architect together with the contractor should have built a skatepark and not a swimming pool! Keep on building homes not skateparks!”
The page went on to share more photos from the skatepark, showing the extent of the flooding which rendered it pretty useless.
What seemed to anger locals even more was that this had just happened last week… and it looks like it’s going to be a problem the skatepark will have to face for the rest of the wet season.
“The outcome of not hiring professional skatepark buildings,” one frustrated comment read. “This problem was there during the construction of the skatepark and still they did not manage or try to solve the issue, such a shame.”
“No sumps, no drains, no gutters, no gulleys, no water catchment plans…” another comment noted, sharing a copy of the skatepark’s blueprint.
Ready to hold the authorities who had initially helped out accountable, the page shared a photo from a better time… the skatepark’s opening.
“Where’s the help now?” they asked, listing down the numerous organisations, companies (and ministry) that had made the skatepark’s opening back in mid-March possible.
But the page admins didn’t stop there.
They even went on to shadily change their logo to something that more accurately represented what the Birżebbuġa skatepark has been looking like lately…
“Next time come and push the water yourselves”
As a storm descended on the islands earlier this month, it fell onto local children to clear the flooded skatepark and be able to enjoy it.
“This is just too much,” the page had lamented. “Kids do their homework and work hard so that they can come and enjoy the skatepark for a couple of hours and then they come and find a pool instead!”
“Let the kids push the water out because the architect forgot what a levelled floor looks like! Not mentioning he covered the drain holes with a sand dune. 1.5 hours working, 30 minutes riding… is that fair?”