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Officials to crack down on rules at Pine Hill skatepark

June 03, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - Washington Township, Pa., officials say they continue to have problems with skateboarders violating helmet rules at the new Dunlap Family Skatepark at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area.

Township Supervisor Stephen Kulla said he stopped by the park on a recent evening and was frustrated by what he saw.

"There were about 30 people in there, two with helmets on," Kulla said.

The township has ordered numbered stickers for skateboarders' helmets to indicate whether they've registered to use the Mentzer Gap Road park, which had a grand opening April 5.

Also, signs and banners will soon be put up to further remind skateboarders about the helmet rules, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

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"We will have our police enforce," he said. "When the signs go up, the banners go up and the stickers go on, everyone is fair game."

Kulla said he feels as if some of the skateboarders are deliberately violating the rules without remorse.

Christopher said, "We have to man this. The next step, the ultimate step, is for officials to go up there, call the police and shut the place down" temporarily.

The township is trying to foster an atmosphere of cooperation, Christopher said.

"Usually the younger folk have their helmets on. It's the older folk, 15 and up, who don't," he said.

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