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Skate Park Monitoring 'Working'

The township committee did a first reading of an ordinance that requires a photo identification card for the skate park at Gille

The Township Committee did a first reading of an ordinance that would require Lacey residents to purchase a photo identification card from the Recreation Office to utilize the skate park at Gille Park.

to have the skate park monitored and opened seasonally because kids were violating the rules.

“It’s working,” said a skate park monitor who declined to provide a name. The employee has been monitoring the park for about one month now. “Kids are starting to listen.”

The skate park will now be opened from April 16 to Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. A monitor is staffed at the park and kids are required to purchase and present a photo identification card.

The IDs would be available for purchase at the township Recreation Office for $5. A renewal fee would be $4, $5 for a lost or stolen card.

Proof of residency is necessary to obtain a card and any children younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

The cards could be utilized for other recreation functions if the township chooses.

Skater Ryley Scholl, 16, is happy with the park’s changes, he said.

“We get to skate now. There’s no bikers,” Scholl said. “(Photo Ids) are not my favorite idea but if that’s what we have to do to skate, that’s what we have to do.”

A second reading of the ordinance will be done at the next committee meeting on Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Mattie May 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I think the resident IDs are a good idea, but seriously- the time limits are a little over-the-top. Why can't the park be opened from 11 AM until 6:00? Now it's only open 2 hours in the morning and 3 hours late afternoon... that's really a bit much.
Winston Smith May 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I think a dna sample should be used along with a retna scan. Anyone could fake a card. "unauthorized fun will not be tolerated"
StayCalm May 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
LOL Maybe you shouldn't give them any ideas, Tom.
Phillip May 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I think they're supposed to have extended hours in the summer once schools are out. Then they can pay a few kids to check the ID's and everything.

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