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Future skate park may need several safety rules
The citys insurance provider has a number of recommendations to follow for a skate park under consideration to be built on city property.

The first rule of skateboarding is there are no rules, a statement that might not ring true for the city of McMinnville in constructing a skate park.
Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool, the city’s insurance provider, has made suggestions to reduce the financial risk to the city. Those recommendations are under review.
 “We’ve been meeting with the insurance company for the last couple weeks getting all the city’s insurance straight,” said city administrator Bill Brock. “This is what they suggest on skateboard parks. It kind of makes it a little more than what we thought when you go to build one.”
By Tennessee Municipal League standards, a fence should be eight feet in height and constructed at least eight feet from the edge of the skating surface to allow for a hazard-free “fall zone” before reaching the fence.
“The fence should provide for adequate protection for spectators from flying boards and/ or falling skaters, and should also help protect the skaters from interference and distractions by spectators and passers-by. In the hazard-free fall zone, an appropriate impact attenuating material (e.g. pea gravel, loose sand, mulch) should be maintained at depths of 6-9 inches for a distance of at least six (6) feet around the entire perimeter of the skating surface.”
TML says the skate park should be supervised by trained personnel whenever open to the public.
“They suggest someone be there at all hours,” said Brock. “We weren’t even thinking about that.”
Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord added, “None of the places I’ve been to has had that.”
“There are not carved in stone, but these are their recommendations,” said Brock.
City attorney Tim Pirtle urged the city to institute as many recommendations as possible to protect itself.
“Even though these are Loss Control Guidelines from TML, they could become and be used as standards that you either meet or don’t meet when you get sued for a skateboard going out of the area into somebody’s forehead,” said Pirtle. “You’re not literally bound by them (the suggestions), but it would be a good idea to take a close look at them and comply with as many of them as you reasonably can.”
By TML, safety equipment must be worn at all times while using the facility. This equipment shall include, but not be limited to: appropriate skateboard helmet, knee and elbow pads, gloves and wrist supports, and proper shoes. The skateboard supervisors may prohibit skaters from using the park if their equipment is not deemed satisfactory.
By TML, all users of the skateboard park, ramp or other graded areas, must sign a waiver. If the user is a minor, a legal guardian must sign.
In all, TML made 14 recommendations to increase safety. The skate park is in discussion only. No final decisions have been made.