Bikes banned in skateboard park, for now

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By Ben Carlson

The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday morning to ban bicycles from the new skateboard park, at least temporarily.

Magistrates unanimously approved the measure as part of adopting formal rules for the skateboard park, which opened earlier this summer.

Magistrate Buddy Sims brought up the issue of bicycles, saying he knows little about skateboard parks but is concerned about the safety of having riders utilize the facility along with skateboarders.

“What I know about skate parks you could fill a thimble twice with,” Sims said. “All I know is what I’ve seen out there.”

Judge-Executive Steve Cornish said the concern is valid, and recommended that the fiscal court invite someone from the private group that raised funds for the park to address the issue during the court’s next meeting, scheduled for July 22 at 6 p.m.

During that meeting, the rules could be altered to allow bicycles.

The rules are similar to what other communities use for skateboard parks, and prohibit inappropriate language and loud music; pushing, shoving or rough-housing; skating during rain or when the surface is wet; and forbids drugs and alcohol.

The rules also state that the course “is intended for skateboard use only and skating is only allowed on the skating surface.”

The rules also state that parking is permitted only in designated areas, and that use of the skate park is allowed only during normal park hours, which end at 11 each night.

Those who do not abide by the rules may be asked to leave, and repeat offenders may be banned from the skate park altogether.

The rules also state the proper safety equipment is required at all times, and that the skate park is a “skate at your own risk” facility.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.