Baton Rouge to upgrade skateboard ordinance – WHLT22

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Skateboarders have been leaving their mark on downtown Baton Rouge, but some leaders are hoping an ordinance change will help put a stop to it.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1gT2PNQ ) the Metro Council will hold a public hearing April 9 on the proposed amendment, which will more clearly define areas where skateboarding isn’t allowed. The Downtown Development District and Department of Public Works have requested the change, noting that skateboarding and cycling have led to damaged benches, steps and rails downtown.

Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer says the Downtown Development District has ordered skate deterrents – small metal fixtures that make it hard for skateboards to grind along surfaces – to put in some areas downtown, including the transit shelter at the Galvez Plaza.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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