Good afternoon. My name is Celine Nodolf and I'm the mother of Forest Glover, Kyle Alexander Glover's son. I'm sure that name isn't significant to you but he was the center of so many people's lives. He was murdered at the age of 25 on May 31st 2017 and he is missed deeply every day. He was a victim of gun violence and we are still in process of receiving justice.
I'm writing this message because the Kent Lions Skate Park was home to Kyle at a young age. He lived in Kent his whole life and loved his city. He didn't have stability and guidance as a kit and teenager so he fell into a rough crowd and I know if given the opportunity Kyle would have made it so far in life - he was a self made writer, artist and musician despite his background. I'm asking you to please consider renaming the Lions Skatepark to Kyle Alexander Skatepark after him and kids like Kyle who have so much potential in front of them and for him to be an example to make the right choices, I'm hoping this would bring awareness to gun violence and make people think about how detrimental one moment with a gun is, how unsafe it is to be around people with guns, and the fact that thinks can change in the blink of an eye because that's what happened to him. I'm hoping this would change peoples opinions on guns and potentially save lives and make people who are in his shoes strive for a better life. I want our son to learn from this and every other kid to think twice when they're in his position.
Kent can be a hard place to grow up and I truly think bringing awareness to these issues is so important. I understand that it's not simple to change a park name and I am willing to do whatever is necessary to help make it happen if this is considered. I honestly think the park is for Kyle already since there is "bkuz" painted all over it, this was his graffiti name. He didnt personally do the graffiti, all of his friends did it after he passed because they know this was his park. I hop this is taken into consideration and I'll be so grateful for the rest of my life if it is. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear back from you soon.