WEST POINT – The Town of West Point will consider approving a public hearing to extend its ban on skateboarding to include the town park and stage, located between 8th and 9th streets.
Town Council would need to hold a public hearing on the ban during the town’s August meeting, then approve the measure before the change can go into effect.
The change to the town’s existing ban on bicycling and skateboarding on public sidewalks or crosswalks between 6th and 10th streets along Main Street during work hours on weekdays and through the early afternoon on Saturdays, would still include a $25 fine.
Mayor Hudson said the proposed change came about after the town received complaints about skateboarders jumping off of the stage, located at the end of the park along 9th Street.
“I myself saw a skateboarder jumping off of the stage, and that’s got to be at least a three foot jump,” Hudson said.
Town Manager John Edwards said there was even a little damage to the stage, citing tracks left behind by skaterboarders wheels.
Members of Town Council have in the past expressed their desire to build a skatepark in town, but say funding for the project is an issue.
Hudson said he wished the town had the money to build such a park, but for now would have to continue enforcing a ban in town.
“I’m not trying to be a killjoy, but we can’t allow damage to the stage, and it’s only a matter of time before one of these kids hurts themself,” he said.
McMillan can be reached by phone at 757-298-4136.