Carleton Place one step closer to skateboard ban in public spaces

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Jane Hobson

Carleton Place council authorized the staff recommendation that the Traffic and Parking Bylaw be amended to include the prohibition of skateboarding at Market Square, Town Hall Square and any municipal parking lots. An exception to the bylaw would be the community centre parking lot, as there is currently a skate park there.

This authorization came at the Feb. 7 meeting of council after a request from Carleton Place High School (CPHS) Vice Principal Brent Brown in November 2016 asked council to consider prohibiting skateboarding in front of the school on Lake Avenue West. Brown said that it was a safety concerns for students.

Planning and Protection Committee staff say skateboarding should be prohibited in the above listed municipal parking lots and pavilions since “such use is inappropriate and incompatible with the intended purpose of those facilities.”

“Parking lots are for cars,” said Les Reynolds, director of protective services who has been involved in amending the bylaw since the request first surfaced.

The amended bylaw will go to the Active Transportation Committee who will consider if other skateboard restrictions should be imposed on additional streets, such as Lake Avenue West in front of CPHS.

Skateboarding is not banned in front of the high school at this point in time.