Kimberley’s Skateboard park has been designated a playground zone.
Council made the change last week as a way to address speed concerns around the area.
Mayor Don McCormick says kids of all ages need to be protected.
“People need to know its a playground, it means they need to take extra caution and that’s really what we’re trying to do with this,” McCormick says. “The average age of the kids down there is somewhere between 10-14 years old. They are on scooters and bikes and its an area we need to pay attention to.”
He says many people use Rotary Drive as a shortcut to get to certain places in town.
“We have Wallinger and Warren Avenue that run parallel to Rotary Drive that have the regular speed limit there,” McCormick says. “So anybody wanting to get there quicker can in fact use that route, knowing full well that we have all these playgrounds and schools along Rotary where we need to have the playground and school zones.”
Councillor Bev Middlebrook was the only councillor to vote against the change.
She felt a four-way stop at the corner of Rotary and Marsden Street would better alleviate speeding around the park.
The city first discussed the issue a few years ago.
At the time, RCMP were concerned drivers wouldn’t slow down to 30 kilometres an hour for a one and a half kilometre stretch.
– Kimberley Mayor, Don McCormick