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Ban on bikes at skate park to be enforced

Dakota Ferrier rides out of a bowl at the skate park in Firefighters Memorial Park. He could be ticketed in the future, and he should be wearing a helmet.<br>SHAWN BYRNE/Miner

Dakota Ferrier rides out of a bowl at the skate park in Firefighters Memorial Park. He could be ticketed in the future, and he should be wearing a helmet.<br>SHAWN BYRNE/Miner

KINGMAN - BMX bike riders are no longer welcomed at the skate park in Firefighters Memorial Park. The Kingman Police Department has announced that a crackdown would be beginning soon.

"They have been allowed there in the past, but no longer," said KPD officer Brian Zach. "We want to warn everyone that they could be fined."

Zach said that the city's sign shop is working toward having enough signs to post around the skate park. The signs should be ready to be posted any day now. "Once they are up, it will be in effect."

Zach said the first infraction will incur a $25 fine and four hours of community service. The second will be $50 and 8, and a third is set at $100 and 16 hours of service. Zach also said that it won't matter if it is a first or third infraction, bikes could be confiscated as well. "We don't want to do that," he said. "But if push comes to shove, we'll have to."

Zach said there are two reasons for the new policy. First, there was a committee headed by Capt. Scott Wright of KPD to review ordinances that the department was not enforcing, and the "no bikes allowed" ordinance was identified. The other reason was because, if a bike caused damage to the skate park, the city may be out the money it took to build the park.

Pat Hurley, owner of Outer Limitz Clothing and advocate for the youth that ride bikes and skateboards, was taken aback by the news. "What do they expect the riders to do?" He asked. "This town may have to step up and help the bikers."

Dakota Ferrier frequently rides his bike at the skate park.

He was seen riding his bike in and out of the bowls that are part of the park. "The skaters are never in the bowls," Ferrier said. "The only time they go in is when we clean them out. There are too many rocks in there for them."

Ferrier's response to the crackdown was the same as Hurley's. "What are we going to do? I've put up ramps around Kingman only to have them taken down," Ferrier said.

It appears that Hurley, Ferrier and the rest of the BMX riders will have to live with the ban on BMX bikes at the skate park for the present. "We want everyone warned so we won't have to start taking bikes," Zach said.

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