Skateboarding in the City FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are skateboards allowed on any city sidewalks?
Skateboards, roller blades and bikes are not to be ridden on the sidewalks in the downtown area. All other city sidewalks may be used for general use, as long as you are not impeding traffic flow.

Is the park skateboard area designated for everyone?
There is no specific age limits for the skateboard area. There will be certain times when the gates may be locked up, and these times should be followed. Other Park Hours will need to be followed.

Why are skateboards seized?
Skateboards, bikes or roller blades that are taken by officers is two-fold. 1. Parents need to come into the police department to retrieve the item seized and explained why it was taken. 2. To advise the parent that a citation has been issued per city ordinance or state law.

Is the confiscated item returned to the child and/or parent?
Generally, all items taken are given to the parents and/or owner after they have stopped by the police department. Items may be kept for evidence if pending court hearing on subsequent repeat offenders. No equipment is destroyed. It may be sold at auction, and given back to the owner, but not destroyed.

Does the charge of a citation go up in price after each offense?
Generally, the charge for a violation is the same, 1st, 2nd or 3rd offense. This may change if the Judge feels that additional charges should be imposed for reasons that will be advised at that time.

Are roller bladers, skateboarders or bikers treated differently?
Bicycles that are used for means of transportation, may be ridden on the roadway as long as all traffic laws are adhered to. Skateboards and scooters are not allowed on the roadway for any reason. Roller blades may be ridden on the roadway only to cross the street in designated crosswalk areas only. No bikes, skateboards, roller blades or scooters are allowed on the downtown sidewalks. The police enforce the laws on all violators equally when they are observed.