Baton Rouge bans skateboards, bicycles and roller skates on park structures

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 approved by the Metro Council on Wednesday.

Council members voted 10-1 in favor of an amendment to the ordinance that prohibits certain activities on park structures that are common among action sport athletes. The new ordinance updates the language to specifically prohibit the use of skateboards, bicycles and roller skates on park structures.

Davis Rhorer, the executive director of the Downtown Development District, said there are plans to install anti-skate devices to the new benches located around Town Square, where much of the recent damage is happening.

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.

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