Archive for Thursday, February 20, 1992


February 20, 1992


Good weather brings out skaters, and a growing number of people in Lawrence consider the Kansas University campus and downtown the best outdoor locations in town.

However, an ordinance prohibiting the use of skateboards downtown and at KU also prohibits all other types of skates, including in-line skates.

According to the law, it is illegal to skate along Massachusetts between Sixth and 11th and one-half block east and west of this corridor.

On campus, skating is illegal along Jayhawk Boulevard between 13th and West Campus Road and 1,000 feet on either side of this corridor.

The law prohibiting skating was the result of a skateboarding accident on Aug. 27, 1990, when an 11-year-old lost control of his skateboard on the second-floor patio of Wescoe Hall.

The skateboard hit the head of a 20-year-old woman who was sitting in the cafeteria area below.

Although Jayhawk Boulevard is shut off to skaters, Burdel Welsh, community services officer for KU Police, said skaters, either on skateboards or wearing skates, could take advantage of other places on campus.

"You can skate anywhere that's not proscribed by the law," he said. "If you're outside of the area, then it's legal. If you're skating on the sidewalk down by the fieldhouse, then you're OK but on the sidewalk only. They have always been outlawed in the streets."

Fred DeVictor, director of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, said Clinton Parkway provided a popular outlet and alternative to downtown for skaters.

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