City council is considering an ordinance that would ban skateboarding in the Uptown Greenwood area.
City manager Charlie Barrineau made the proposal to council during council’s regular work session last Monday at City Hall. Barrineau said he had received a number of complaints from Uptown business owners about property damage caused by skateboarders performing tricks.
“We are noticing skateboarders in the Uptown,” Barrineau said. They tend to, in addition to skating on public sidewalks, they will do tricks, so to speak, off of monuments. “We have had a number of merchants mention they are doing tricks off the window sills of their businesses and that is destroying private property.”
Barrineau said the current ordinance disallows skating, but there are no signs posted in Uptown Greenwood stating there is no skating. Barrineau said he felt it would be necessary to pass an ordinance specifically relating to skateboarding. Barrineau noted that skateboarding itself was not the problem. Rather, it is a few skateboarders damaging other people’s property that has become an issue.
“I realize skateboarding can be a positive outlet,” Barrineau said. “But at the same time, we have some individuals who are damaging our property and private property.”
Councilwoman Linda Edwards said she felt council needed to pass an ordinance banning skateboarding in Uptown Greenwood.
“Something needs to be done because they don’t have any regard for the property of others,” Edwards said. “You’re talking about people who are paying taxes and they are riding all up on their property. I’ve got a problem with that.”
Councilwoman Nikki Hutto agreed, saying she had chased off skateboarders tearing up the courtyard at the Arts Center.
Barrineau said there would be no perfect solution to the problem, but he felt the city needed to do something to protect both public and private property.
“If you go look at the monuments Uptown, one side is completely shredded,” Barrineau said. “You don’t want to paint with a broad brush and say all skateboarders are bad, but something has to be done.”