Point Beach council approves skatepark rules ordinance

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough council Tuesday finalized rules for the new skatepark, which is now expected to open early next month, shortly after Labor Day.

The new $215,000 concrete skate park at the Little League Complex, at 410 Arnold Ave, was built by Spohn Ranch Skateparks through the winter and spring. 

Under the rules approved Tuesday, the skate park will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to dusk. No trespassing is allowed when the park is closed. 

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When the park is open, use will be limited to 13 or fewer persons at a time. User permits, which can be obtained free of charge from the Point Beach recreation department, will be required. 

Permits may be revoked for unlawful acts.

Helmets and pads will also be required and numbered decals will be issued and required on users’ helmets.

The council also announced the availability of a smart phone app that can be used to apply for a skatepark permit, as an alternative to registering at borough hall.

Describing the permit application, Mayor Paul Kanitra said, “Essentially, it will be a pledge that the kids are going to say — that they’re going to respect the park.”

Borough administrator Christine Riehl said the borough is still finalizing work on the application and the helmet stickers, to be ready in time for the park opening.

The council tabled the introduction of the ordinance on July 21 to refine the text, modifying it to classify some pandemic era rules as operational only during public health emergencies. 

The pandemic rules include a ban on the sharing of equipment, requirements for face coverings, the use of hand sanitizer upon entering and social distancing while in the park.

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