Question of the Week: Should the Town Ban Skateboarding at the Island Park Playground?

We want to know what local residents think about this issue.

Earlier this week, we posted the story of local parents questioning a at the .

A "no skateboarding" sign was posted on March 9 at the playground by the Department of Public Works. However, parents want to know when a ban on skateboarding went into effect.

The chief of police will go before the on Monday to request a clarification of the sign. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. 

Residents have voiced complaints of various debris, such as wood and bricks, being left at the playground. A picnic table was also heavily damaged.

However, others state kids need a place to skateboard.

We want to know what you think:

Should the town council ban skateboarding at the Island Park Playground?

Tell us in the comment section below!

Jon March 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM
I believe that a concrete slab to be installed in the Island Park Playground was suggested to the former town council as a reasonable solution to the discourse caused when some neighbors decided that the skatepark not be built. Before the council reneged on their support and voted to overturn their decision of the approved skatepark, they appointed an adhoc group to try to come up with a compromise that everyone could benifit from, especially the children.
faithful reader March 28, 2011 at 04:41 PM
I say build them a place to skate! Newport has had a skateboard park down the end of First beach for years, I googled and there seem to be several other free parks in RI. Also in '98 California enacted a law stating that skateboarding is an inherently "Hazardous Recreational Activity" (HRA), and therefore municipalities and their employees may not be held liable for claims of negligence resulting in skateboarders' injuries, which seems to have set a precedence. Maybe it is time to re-think the decision made to not allow a skate park to be built in Island Park.
DSilva March 28, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Being part of a Community means getting together to work things out. Is our society and town so polarized that we have lost all ability to do this and function together in ways that promote compromise and understanding?
kyle March 29, 2011 at 03:05 PM
How did it go at the meeting last night?
Sandy McGee March 29, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Hi kyle. The story was just posted. The council voted to allow skateboarding at playground, but placed a ban on ramps, jumps and any other outside equipment. http://patch.com/A-gmbc


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