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Concerns voiced about skateboarding ban in JT

Published May 13. 2011 05:00PM

Citizens of Jim Thorpe voiced concerns about the skateboarding ban during public comment at Thursday night's borough council meeting. The council was questioned how parents, children, and residents of Jim Thorpe could help reinstate skateboarding.

Skateboarding was banned last year from roadways, sidewalks, and any public property. Currently there is no skate park in Jim Thorpe.

"We have tried things in the past. There was no responsibility held by anyone. The area that was given was trashed," stated Borough Council President, John McGuire.

Skateboarding was allowed in Kemmerer Park but is no longer allowed due to vandalism and damages.

"The police department, council, mayor, and manager have been talking about how we can fix this," he said.

Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson stated, "We need to develop an area where skateboarding is permitted. But we have to have responsible adults step up and monitor."

The council was pleased that members of the community came forward to work with the borough on the issue.

Johnson stated that the council would be very interested in talking with people that want a designated skateboarding area.

McGuire suggested creating a skateboarding club. He mentioned having parents, skateboarders, police officers, and council members in the club. The club would be tasked with organizing and taking responsibility for the possible skateboarding area.

Mayor Michael Sofranko suggested hosting skateboarding in the Memorial Park parking lot certain weekends out of the month.

"We do not have a problem with skateboarders but we did have problems with the damages," stated Sofranko. "There does need to be a place for them to go."

Anyone interested in working with the borough council on getting a designated area for skateboarders can attend the next Building Committee meeting. The Building Committee meetings are held the first Thursday of each month.

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