Novato in Need of a Makeover
By Nate Hunter
Novato is a quiet town of over 54,000 kind people in the beautiful Bay Area. Sadly, for a high school kid, there is absolutely nothing to do. It is simply true; we all know that our town is extremely uneventful and truly needs a makeover to bring some fun into our little city. After two days of living here, you have probably already done everything. Novato’s fun consists of a few hiking spots, eating food, sitting at a house, or watching a movie. The rest is all simply illegal.
I don't know about you, but I am tired of getting In-n-Out and then sitting there for hours because you don't know where to go next. I am fairly certain that almost every child in this town agrees with me, so I set out to see what some of our NHS peers think would improve Novato.
Some believe a new “hot spot” would make this town more exciting. But what exactly makes a spot hot? Junior Laurence Dickow believes his idea of Novato’s very own drive-in theatre would be the solution.
“I think a drive-in movie theatre would be very cool because I have never been to one and it would be a great spot to hang out,” said Dickow.
The nearest drive-in theatre is in Concord, and brings in a lot of interest and business because it is a rare form of entertainment. This would definitely bring some fun to Novato.
Every single weekend and even some weekdays, teens from all over Marin, including Novato, go out to eat at Sol Food in San Rafael. This well-known Puerto Rican restaurant is one of the busiest places to get food aside from In-n-Out, and many young people love it. Junior Kyle friend and many more believe a Sol Food in Novato would be absolutely amazing.
“We need to bring Sol Food to Novato so we don't need to drive so far, but the only problem would be I’d be so broke because it is so expensive,” said Friend.
A huge complaint I hear a lot is that Novato doesn't have a bowling alley or an ice skating rink. I love to bowl with my boys and ice skating is super fun too. If you want to do these fun activities, you have to drive very far especially for ice skating where you have to drive to either San Francisco or to Snoopy’s in Santa Rosa.
“If we were to have a bowling alley and or an ice skating rink that would be clutch,” said Junior Nick Hartshorn. “On weekends we wouldn’t be bored out of our minds.”
Novato used to have a wonderful bowling alley called Nave Lanes near Hamilton, but that closed in 2004.
Teens aren't the only one who are bored in this town. Adults also feel the pain of not finding anything fun to do, including Novato High science teacher Michelle Sanner. Sanner believes adult and teen friendly spots would really boost our town.
“We need areas where both adults and teens can have a common area to hangout. Something that is open late like all-age clubs, the old teen center, or Nave Lanes,” said Sanner.
If the City of Novato had these improvements it would truly be an amazing town. This would bring everything we need, new food spots, great hangout spots, and super fun activities to enjoy. So let's make city council fund this stuff and get it done because we need it.