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Skateboarding Ban Proposed for Residential Streets

The Village Board is looking to ban skateboarding for safety reasons.

After receiving multiple complaints from village residents, theis proposing a skateboarding ban on Fairview Road and Yoakum Street due to safety concerns.

This issue was discussed during a work session on Aug. 27. 

The board refered to the skating as "extreme" and said the boarders that use the streets are known to travel down into intersections, making the hills on both roads a hazard for both themselves and drivers.

"I'm bringing up the problem again but it is not letting up. They're constantly there. I get complaints, probably two to three a week from the skateboarding on Fairview. People are fearful of coming out of the street and whacking them," said

Trustee Thomas Ryan agreed, stating that it is hard to steer clear of the skateboarders who use the two residential streets. 

"It is bad when you're coming home at 5:30 or 6 p.m. with the sun up on Fairview. You can't see them," he said. 

The board said they have received no help from Nassau County Police regarding the issue stating that when summoned, the officers say that the skaters have a right to be there.

"Nassau County is doing nothing. It is a hazard. You hate to over regulate these things but it is a safety issue. Somebody is going to get killed. There are going to be some people upset but its getting dangerous," said Ryan.

"This is dangerous. This specific location is a safety concern to all. It's called Lenox Hills for the a reason [but] it is something we can fix," said Ekstrand.

Ekstrand added that residents have also complained about alleged trash being left behind on the two locations by skaters as well. 

The public hearing on the ban is scheduled to take place in October.

Elizabeth L Berke September 02, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Safety is an issue, but give these kids a place to skate safely. Build them a skate park where they can burn off excess energy safely. A skate park is pretty inexpensive to build and would alleviate the problem.
Robnoxious September 02, 2012 at 04:40 AM
They tried the skate park route at Allen Park but it failed, and there are no plans to add one when they redo and expand the park.
Seadog24 September 02, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Then try again! The kids need a place to skateboard just as the ball players need a ball field.
tsquared September 02, 2012 at 04:35 PM
or drivers could try to not drive 50 mph down the hills.. coming from a person who skates here with friends, people drive way to fast down the hills. my group doesnt go into intersections and we do not leave trash. its the people who drive down those hills that make it dangerous.. not the skaters.
john abel September 02, 2012 at 04:39 PM
its not like regualar skateboarding a skatepark would not benefit these kids for what they do. they longboard and the goal is useally speed with sliding tricks you can look up longboard slides on youtube to find out the reason they use this road is there is no intersections there is one at the bottom that people stand at and warn oncoming traffic. the only real problem is how the people drive in the area the speed limit is 30 and most people are going 45+ up or down this hill which while your comming over is completly blind
pattybaconpatch September 02, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I don't see how you can ban skateboarding on just two streets. I don't really see how you could ban skateboarding at all actually. i feel the people making this complaint just see it as an eye sore and they want to stop when in reality they have no real right to make that request.
Donna September 06, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Banning skateboarding is not a way to resolve this issue. Then stop the kids from walking or riding on the streets too. The kids are being singled out because they are "skateboarders". Safety is definitely a concern anywhere. Sadly we have lost the lives of other Farmingdale residents just crossing the streets or riding bikes crossing intersections. We need to address the drivers on the road. The ones who drive over the speed limit and are driving distractedsuch as texting or talking on the phones. I see more of that going on than the kids skateboarding on th streets. Find a decent place for the kids to skate instead of chasing them out.
Donna September 06, 2012 at 02:11 AM
tsquards I am with you on this one. What we need to do is organize a rally to fight for the return of a skatepark for the kids in the neighborhood. Instead of adding additional fields to the new park add a skatepark. Its a sport just as well as any other sport.
Jerry September 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I am 35 years old, and have recently taken up skateboarding again. It is not only a great form of exercise, but also a mode of transportation as well as an outlet for expression. An art-form if you will. I am an RN, although no longer practicing, and am employed as a professional musician for a rather well-known off Broadway production in NYC. I spent the past two years on a North American tour for this production, and have skated in nearly every town, city and suburb that we travelled through. Barring a few places, the majority of towns we visited often had well maintained and FREE skateparks. Skating streets and sidewalks are all about using good judgement. I've found that both skaters and non-skaters share one thing in common. They're both humans and at times both have the propensity to make rather idiotic decisions. Banning skating would only work if banning bicycling and walking occurred. What should really be done is taking a more European stance when it comes to teaching people how to drive properly. Let's face it, everyone likes to think they are the best driver and it's "everyone else" that's a danger. Sounds just like, "It's the skaters that are dangerous", doesn't it? I digress... The simple fact is that Long Island has a lot to learn when it comes to providing places for skateboarders to thrive. Making people pay to skate is lame. Letting kids get fat and lazy is lame. No bicycling or skating on beach boardwalks LAME! I'm moving to California.
Peter October 02, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I like skateboarding.

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