Complaints posted to Burlington’s SeeClickFix website about skateboarding in City Hall Park

Burlington’s new-and-improved City Hall Park made its debut this October and, apparently, so did some skaters. 

The city held a grand opening earlier this month for the space, wedged between the streets of Main, College and St. Paul. One individual used Burlington’s SeeClickFix website multiple times to flag skateboarding in the area, which is a no-go per city ordinance. 

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“One boarder was skating down the sidewalk, then skidding across the fountain area before flying down the steps,” the complainant wrote. “He had already left a deep scrape in the fountain. Come on – this brand new beautiful area is going to be ruined. Plus it’s dangerous. There’s a skate park on the waterfront. Can you put in some kind of deterrent?”

Visitors rest Oct. 17, 2020 on new benches that are part of the revamped City Hall Park in Burlington.

The individual followed up again in late October with an account of people using the steps as a makeshift ramp. 

“I complained previously about skateboarders using the new Park as a skateboard park but I guess the only response was to put up no skateboarding signs,” the individual wrote. “They’re damaging the park and have apparently decided that this is a new skateboard park.”

Personal preferences aside, here are the rules around skateboarding in public spaces around the Queen City. 

Skateboarding in Burlington: Fair game or no? 

You can skateboard in the city. Just choose wisely. 

Skateboards fall under the “non-motorized vehicle” category according to city ordinance. Other examples include roller skates and scooters, but exclude bicycles. You can’t operate these vehicles in specific areas, including City Hall Park. 

You still have options, including Burlington’s A_Dog Skatepark, located near the waterfront. 

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