(10/09/2008)
Skateboarders will no longer be allowed on Wayne Underwood Field, according to Judy Powell, representing the Calhoun Wood Festival, the group that is in charge of managing the field.

Powell advised the Calhoun Commission Monday she and committee members are concerned for the safety of walkers on the walking track after a skateboarder struck a mother and child after ramping a handrail.

The incident was witnessed by several individuals at a youth football game practice.

The skateboarder first struck the youth "knocking the breath out of him," said Powell.

The youth's mother came to his assistance, after which the skateboarder then struck the woman, injuring her ankle.

"The committee has gone the extra mile allowing skateboarders to use the field," Powell said. She indicated there are about 15 skateboarders.

The Calhoun Commission, hearing Powell's report, expressed concern for the safety of users, indicating the county bears liability for problems that happen on the field, including the injury of citizens by another party or the injury to a skateboarder while using the facility.

"The agreement to give all walkers a right-of-way has been ignored," she said. Numerous walkers have complained to the committee about the problem and have discontinued using the track.

Powell appeared before Grantsville's town council Monday night asking the Grantsville Police Department to monitor the situation.

She was advised to place signs on the field banning skateboarders.

Powell said signs have been ordered.

During Monday's commission meeting, it was learned that WVU Extension Agent Curt Garretson has a plan to try and assist skateboarders after January 1.

The Town of Grantsville banned skateboarders earlier this year on the streets of Grantsville, indicating safety concerns. The ban has generally been ignored.


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