Petitioners want skateboarders stopped

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Nearly 100 people have signed a petition demanding the city erect signs on a small city street banning skateboarding and punishing offenders with fines.

The residents living in the north part of Cornwall, near Blessed Sacrament Drive, filed a petition with city hall last week.

"Due to the slope, curve of the road, and the business of the traffic, this is a petition to have 'No skateboarding penalty of fine' signs posted on Blessed Sacrament Drive," reads the petition, which will be debated Monday night at city hall.

Residents are also requesting that a skateboard facility be built at nearby Snetsinger Park so that boarders will have a safer place to enjoy their sport.

How likely such a plan will be remains to be seen, as parks and recreation budgets continue to be trimmed.

Cornwall’s 10-year-old skateboarding facility at Optimist Park is ok, say local boarders, but is on the low end of what has become acceptable to many who glide along sidewalks and streets.

City hall had made the skate park a priority of sorts, putting it on the parks department’s master plan for review and upgrade.

Monday night city councillors are expected to simply receive the petition and seek advice from administrators on how to proceed.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Snetsinger Park Optimist Park

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