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Skating crowds have neighbors worried about crime

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A foam party was canceled following Wednesday's meeting. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A foam party was canceled following Wednesday's meeting. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler (Source: WAVE 3 News) Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Young Commercial Young Commercial
DJ Phat Matt (Source: WAVE 3 News) DJ Phat Matt (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Several south Louisville neighbors are upset about skating parties that have been spilling into the street.

Wednesday afternoon, Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler met with two police majors, fire officials, the manager of Manslick Rollerdrome and the skating party promoters.

Promoters say the parties are one way to keep teenagers out of trouble.

Buter said what's been happening on Gagel Avenue and Manslick Road is in no way the same problem that occurred on March 22 at Waterfront Park, but some neighbors living near the Manslick Rollerdrome are concerned it could get that way.

"I was told the kids were in the street and wouldn't move and wouldn't let people through," Butler said. "And at the business (nearby gas station) they were doing the same thing."

The unruly kids Butler is describing allegedly left the Manslick Rollerdrome Saturday night when their parents were supposed to pick them up sometime after midnight. But that never happened according to many of Butler's constituents and some WAVE 3 News viewers. One neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he saw around 30 kids at 2 a.m. in the street outside the rink.

"I've encountered these large groups of teenagers that are making it difficult for cars to pass," the neighbor said. "There was a lot of verbal language towards us."

He said after the attacks by teens at Waterfront Park, he and his wife didn't exactly feel safe trying to get home. So with another 18-and-under foam skate party scheduled this weekend Butler met with party promoters and police majors from the 3rd and 4th Divisions.

"They made 17 calls for service to the address," Butler said of police calls.

Butler pointed out those 17 runs took place over the last year.

What about the two promoters? The DJs, who go by Young Commercial and DJ Phat Matt, met with city officials and community leaders like Chris 2x after the Waterfront violence.

"Negative stuff keeps coming up like we’re doing something wrong and were not," said DJ Phat Matt, "At the end of the day were trying to do something positive."

Young Commercial added, "We take every precaution get police officers and security there, we have all that." What they also have is a sad reality - Some parents don't return for their children, some as young as 10.

"We take them off the premises and wait for the parents," Young said. "But we can't wait there all night." That's something Young Commercial, who is helping to raise his younger brother understands.

The promoters say if the kids aren't at the skating rink they will just take it to another neighborhood.

Butler agreed, "They're going to gather somewhere so let's make it as safe as possible for the kids who want a good fun place to go do something."

What came out of the meeting Wednesday afternoon? The group agreed most of the kids who show up don't cause any trouble and many come with their parents, so there will be a skating party this weekend, but the promoters agreed not to hold a foam party. Butler believes those parties have an adult theme. Parents must sign their children in and out and the promoters also agreed to bring in a little more security.

They also invite neighbors to come and check out the rollerdrome.

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