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.
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.”
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.
WENATCHEE — Pioneer Park is the only place in the city where skateboarders can show off their gravity defying skills — and ability to absorb amazing wipe outs — without being run off by police or business owners. But anyone who uses the skate park there will tell you it’s less than ideal.