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Skateboarding: readers react

Readers reacted to our Sunday report on the city of Wenatchee’s hardline response to keep skateboarders off downtown sidewalks. “The direction to the officers right now is to take strict enforcement,” Police Chief Tom Robbins said at a recent City Council meeting. Skateboard advocates said the city should support skateboard parks and create corridors where skateboarders can get through downtown to the waterfront trail system.

Downtown businesses want more enforcement of skateboard ban

WENATCHEE — Pat Palmer was just closing up his downtown shoe store last Thursday evening when he says he was nearly run down by a skateboarder riding on the sidewalk. “He was coming down (the sidewalk) about 100 mph,” Palmer said. “Sometimes they slow down a little, but a lot of time pedestrians just have to get out of their way. ... You tell them not to ride on the sidewalk and they could care less.”
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Crews work on new East Wenatchee skate park

Work began in May to create a new skate park at Kenroy Park in East Wenatchee. The park is privately funded with donations from the Wenatchee Chapter of the Skaters For Public Skateparks.
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Council plans for skateboard-friendly parks

WENATCHEE — A long-term plan that could make skateboarding as commonplace as swing sets and basketball in city parks was approved by the City Council on Thursday. The “Skate Area System Master Plan” puts skate features on planners’ radar when upgrading existing city parks or building new parks.