Bicycles could be banned from skatepark

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – A recent accident at the Middle Township’s skatepark has partly prompted township officials to want to ban the use of bicycles at that site.

On Monday, Feb. 6, Township Committee introduced an ordinance that would only allow skateboards and in-line skating at the skatepark at the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex along Goshen Road.


The move comes after Philip Mancini of Atlantic County suffered a head injury after colliding with a skateboarder Jan. 28. He had to be life-flighted to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center trauma center.

Township Mayor Dan Lockwood said many of the injuries at the recreation complex occur in the skatepark.

Business administrator Mark Mallett said the idea of prohibiting bicyclists from using the skatepark has been kicked since last year.

Having bicyclists use the skatepark causes damage to the ramps, he indicated. That, in turn, costs the township money, he said. Even this week, repairing had to be done to the skatepark because of bicycle usage, Mallett said.

Middle Township Recreation Department director Chuck McDonnell did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Second reading of the proposed ordinance, public hearing and consideration for adoption is planned at a Township Committee meeting March 5. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at 33 Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House.

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