Juneau Assembly postpones decision on skateboard park

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly voted Monday night to table a proposal that would have banned skateboarding in Marine Park, the last legal skateboarding spot in downtown Juneau.

The Assembly members voted to reconsider the ordinance after a committee made up of skateboarders, downtown business people and cruise ship representatives could meet and provide suggestions.

The proposed revision to city code would have prohibited skateboarding in Marine Park during the summer. Skateboarding already is banned on most downtown streets during tourist season and in Marine Park when cruise ships are here. Juneau has one skateboard park in the Mendenhall Valley.

Representatives of the cruise ship industry say downtown boarders endanger pedestrians and will damage benches and curbs in the new Marine Park and Steamship Wharf.

The Assembly heard more than an hour of testimony Monday night, the majority from people against the ordinance change.

''By criminalizing skateboarding, all we are doing is making criminals out of kids that want to have a good time,'' said Jacob Good, 19.



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