Bylaw needed to keep skaters off road

As a resident of Rosemont, I am happy Art Gibbon Memorial Park is receiving some attention and the skatepark finally has a home.

As a resident of Rosemont, I am happy that Art Gibbon Memorial Park is receiving some attention and, with construction underway, the skatepark finally has a home.

Prior to the announcement of the skatepark’s location I experienced a horrifying moment on the Vancouver Street corner (you know the one — the big round corner heading up to Rosemont on the bus route). As I was coming around in my car, a skateboarder was travelling toward me down the hill, precariously drifting toward the centreline, and wobbling at high speed. I have recently witnessed two other near misses on Stanley Street involving skaters.

I can’t presume to know that the location of the skatepark will undoubtedly cause an increase in such skateboard traffic, but I think most would agree, it is a safe assumption. Regardless of that, this traffic already exists — skatepark or not.

If an appropriate bylaw is not in place, it should become a priority with Council to make it so; but, that alone will not suffice. With the opening of the park, the timing is perfect to implement, or perhaps reinvigorate, three tools of hazard reduction: education, monitoring, and enforcement. If it’s not in the works already, I ask the City to please do this before a tragedy occurs.

Tom Cummings, Nelson

Just Posted

Nelson Leafs humble Rockies 9-2

Leafs score 7 unanswered goals en route to win

Nelson Leafs fall in Kimberley 4-1

The Dynamiters took a 2-0 lead en route to the win

Nelson Legion to sell its building to tech company

Traction on Demand will purchase the building while the Legion will lease space

Climbing group launches fundraiser for Castlegar cliffs

TAWKROC wants to raise $60,000 to purchase the property from the owners

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Natural gas rates will go up in B.C. on Jan. 1

Regions could pay up to $68 more

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday.

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.

Trump looking at several candidates for new chief of staff

Trump’s top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the running and Trump is now soliciting input on at least four individuals.

Canadian physicist collects Nobel Prize

Canada’s Donna Strickland is one of three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics.

BCHL players help Team Canada in shootout win over U.S.

Massimo Rizzo scores the shootout winner at World Junior A Challenge

Canada Post backlog, Greyhound exit creating headaches ahead of the holidays

The federal government forced members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to their jobs late last month

Most Read