Teens are – yawn – bored in town
April 14, 2006
Recently I have been hearing more and more complaints about the lack of things for high school students to do in our community. These complaints might just seem like a bunch of jib-jab, but when you think about it, it is so true.
Of course, we have plenty of outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, swimming, and mountain biking, but no teen “hang out” things to do. There’s no mall, no bowling ally, and now that our movie theater is closed (yes, it’s true), no more movies.
What other entertainment does that leave teens, or anyone for that matter?
Apparently I am not the only one with this opinion. Kristina Siino, a senior at Truckee High, agreed.
“There is no real hang out place for teenagers,” Siino said. “The movie theater was the last thing we really had, and now it’s gone.”
Every person I talked to regarding the matter said they have also noticed the real lack of things for teens to do, and most of them said they were hit pretty hard by the closing of the theater.
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Almost everyone also gave me a couple things they would really like to see put into Truckee.
May I present … the teen wish list for Truckee entertainment:
– Movie theater: So we won’t feel completely stranded without entertainment in Truckee.
– Bowling ally: A fun and noisy place to hang out.
– Mall: Which is of course is the average teen hang-out place.
– Mini golf course: It would give us something to do, even if it would be seasonal.
– Arcade: A place where people could go to just play games and hang out.
There it is. The dreams we can keep in front of us. It is my wish that just one of the wish list items would come along to save us from our solitude, preferably before I graduate high school. Even if it does not happen in the next three years, I can just picture the next generation “hanging out” in a bowling ally. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
J.J. Jahr is a freshman at Tahoe Truckee High School. Student Beat is a regular feature in the Sierra Sun. Students can submit columns to the Sierra Sun at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: “Student Beat.”