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Winston-Salem discusses potentially banning skateboarding in historic West End

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem’s Public Safety Committee is discussing a potential ban on skateboarding in the West End area of town following complaints from neighbors.

According to city documents, council member Jeff MacIntosh told the committee earlier this month that neighbors were concerned about skateboarders, especially on steep roads like Forsyth Street.

The City Attorney’s Office says Downtown Winston-Salem is the only area of the city where there is a complete ban on skateboarding, roller skating and similar activities on sidewalks, streets and city property.

A proposed ordinance amendment is up for discussion that would add the West End historic district area to the list where skateboarding is not allowed.

City Attorney Angela Carmon says the changes would also address ambiguous language in current ordinances and better define where skateboarding is prohibited.

Several council members expressed concerns about the restrictions.

The Public Safety Committee will discuss a revised proposal in June, which must ultimately be approved by city council.

Carmon tells FOX8 the revised proposal may allow for skateboarding in the street so long as it doesn’t create traffic problems.

Winston-Salem Director of Marketing and Communication Ed McNeal says there are currently no public skate parks in the city.

McNeal tells FOX8 that a portable skate park featuring five ramps is expected to open in July at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds to help address the growing popularity in the community.