Video: Portsmouth Town Council Bans Ramps, Allows Skateboarding to Keep Rolling
The Portsmouth Town Council voted to allow skateboarding to continue at the Island Park Playground, but helmets must be worn.
Skateboarding can now take place at the Island Park Playground, but no more jumps, rails or other equipment, says the Portsmouth Town Council.
"And, helmets must be worn at all times," Councilor Keith Hamilton said.
The council heard from skaters, teens, mothers and the police chief Monday night at Town Hall. To hear these comments, view the video at right.
In the past few weeks, kids skateboarding at the Island Park Playground have been apparently stopped by police and told they could not skateboard at the playground anymore or on the street. Parents have questioned why and when this ban on skateboarding took effect.
The chief also wanted clarification on this "no skateboarding" sign. "What we're asking for is just proper signage for that and guidance if the council does wish to allow skateboarding on the basketball court," Police Chief Lance Hebert said.
After hearing from both the police chief and members of the public, Councilor Liz Pedro proposed banning skateboarding on all town property. This resulted in an outcry from the audience.
Councilor James Seveney rejected this idea, stating he would not vote for the ban.
Hamilton later motioned the "no skateboarding" sign be removed and a new sign be erected. The new sign will state "no ramps, rails or other apperatus" and that "helmets be worn at all times."
State law 31-19-2.1 requires helmets be worn at all times for skateboarders, ages 15 and younger.
The council voted 7-0 to approve the motion.