Is skateboarding a crime?
The Alameda Police Department thinks it should be. They’re asking the City Council to ban skateboarding at property owned or leased by the city, specifically in city parking lots and structures. The department is asking for the ban after getting an undisclosed number of complaints about skateboarders at the new Civic Center Parking Structure; Police Chief Walter Tibbet also notes in this staff report that the parking lot at the new Main Library – right across the street from the police station – “has begun to attract skateboarders.” The department didn’t respond to a call seeking comment, and we didn’t see any skaters in the garage when we visited (though there were a few folks on the top deck of the lofty structure checking out its commanding views). So The Island checked in with skaters at the Alameda Point Skate Park, which would be the only city property they’d be allowed to skate on if the ban passes. Not surprisingly, they weren’t excited about it. “It’s not like we’re harming anybody. We’re just skating,” said Derico, one of the youths skating at the park on Tuesday. Said another skater: “If they don’t want us to skate there, why don’t they build more skate parks?” The council is slated to discuss the proposed ban tonight.