Proposal to stop damage to downtown structures presented to Metro Council

Source: Downtown Development District
Source: Downtown Development District

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A proposal to stop skateboarders and cyclists from damaging park structures in downtown Baton Rouge was submitted to the Metro Council and will be considered at the next meeting.

The Downtown Development District is requesting an amendment to the current city ordinance that prohibits certain activities on park structures that are common among action sport athletes. The organization will present the plan on Wednesday, April 9.

"The purpose of the amendment is to update the names of the various public spaces around the City Hall and River Center campuses, and to add the recently constructed public green spaces to the list," Davis Rhorer, Executive Director of the Downtown Development District, said. "A second purpose is to update the language found in the ordinance to specifically prohibit the usage of skateboards, bicycles, and roller skates on park structures."

Rhorer additionally noted that the DDD plans to install anti-skate devices to the new benches located around Town Square.

"It will probably cost about $1,000 to do all the space we need," he noted. "There are some that exist now in other areas of downtown and it's been very effective at preventing damage."

The anti-skate device is a simple metal bracket that is attached to the edges of a surface. It prevents a skateboarder or cyclist from being able to grind or slide across the structure.

"Play vehicles will still be allowed within the spaces, and alternative transportation is encouraged as bike racks are provided for visitors," Rhorer explained in a letter to Metro Council members. "The proposed amendment more clearly specifies the prohibition of usage upon park structures and helps enforcement by police."

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