School has been out for weeks, but some of the city’s young skateboard enthusiasts are still doing their homework.
A group known as Skate 2020 has spent the past several weeks drafting rules and regulations for skaters who eventually could be using a tennis court in Corry’s Mead Park as a temporary skateboard park.
Skate 2020, which grew out of Corry’s visioning process that aims to make the city a better place to live, is developing long-range plans to build a skate park.
In the meantime, however, Corry City Council has given the young skaters the green light to pursue ways to use the lower tennis court at Mead Park as a temporary skating site.
At issue is the cost of insurance. Council previously told Skate 2020 that, while it supported the group’s park plans, the city had no money in its budget to pay for additional insurance costs at the city-owned Mead Park. Skate 2020 would be responsible for paying insurance costs.
In May, council charged Skate with drafting a list of rules and regulations that skaters must abide by while using the park. The information is vital to determine what the cost of liability insurance would be for Skate 2020.
About a dozen skaters, accompanied by adults who are helping the group, rolled into Tuesday’s council work session not only with a draft of regulations, but also with a draft of a waiver that skaters would be required to sign to show proof of insurance and to clear the city from any liability resulting from any injuries that would occur at a skate park.
Councilman Pat Migliaccio, who as a volunteer with Corry Vision 2020 has been working with Skate 2020, said youth are taking their responsibilities seriously.
“The group looked at a variety of rules from other parks in the area. They’ve modeled these after what is used in other parks,” Migliaccio said. “They’ve taken some rules out and they’ve added some. They’ve done a great job.”
Mayor Scott Sanford said he was impressed, too.
“This looks pretty well thought out,” Sanford said. “This leaves us in a better position to ascertain what the cost of insurance will be.”
The answer could come soon.
City Administrator Gerry Dahl said he would have the city’s insurance carrier review the proposed rules and regulations to determine what insurance coverage would cost. Dahl said information could be available as early as Monday, when council holds its next meeting.
“I will know by Friday if we’ll have any information for Monday,” Dahl said.
The proposed rules and regulations state that only skateboards would be allowed in the park; no bicycles or in-line skate would be permitted. All skaters would be required to sign a waiver before using the park, with each person being issued a photo identification card as proof they have signed the waiver and agreed to follow the rules.
While the skaters themselves would be responsible for policing the park, adults who have been working with Skate 2020 have agreed to provide support, if needed.
Children under the age of 10 would be required to be accompanied by an adult.
Also, alcohol, drug or tobacco use, fighting, profanity, weapons, fighting or loud music would not be permitted.
Migliaccio said the rules could change depending on the circumstances.
“There are so many unknowns right now,” he said. “We may have to add more rules in order to meet certain conditions.