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Six Skateboarders Arrested on West Front Street

Four juveniles and two adults cited

Skateboarders are a common sight next door in downtown Red Bank, especially at Riverside Gardens Park, where mostly teens can be seen grinding the rails and jumping the steps on most any dry day.

The fun and games are, of course, illegal.

Four minors and two adults were recently arrested on West Front Street in violation of the borough's skateboarding ordinance.

Red Bank Police Chief Stephen McCarthy has said in the past that police aren't necessarily looking to cite anyone for skateboarding, especially if they're using it for transportation and not bothering pedestrians. Police will often warn violators but will resort to employing local law if need be.

On Dec. 6, Nicholas Dresch, 19, of Red Bank and Connor Walsh, 19, of Long Branch were arrested in the area of West Front Street for violating the skateboarding ordinance, police said. Also arrested were four juveniles, ages 15 to 17, from Red Bank, Ocean and Myrtle Beach, SC.

While skateboarders can pose a risk to pedestrians, the sport also can be quite costly to the borough. DPW Director Gary Watson has said Red Bank spent upwards of $30,000 in 2011 to repair public property that was damaged by skateboarders.

Ryan December 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I'm not even saying 'build a skatepark'. These kids don't want one. But doing rail slides on concrete benches doesn't destroy it. Wood skateboard vs Concrete- concrete winds. If you want to say that they were harrasing people, or graffiti-ing the benches, then yes, they should be chased away, but you can skate in LOVE Park in Philly- why can't you skate in Riverside Park in RB?
Jim December 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
You have no idea what you are talking about Ryan. I live on Front Street and I see the damage happen and skateboarders ARE the cause. I am tired of my hard earned dollars that I pay in taxes to go to repairing damage caused by any citizen who thinks they have the right to deface public property. Arrest them all! Make them pay for the repairs!
rbresident December 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Skating in LOVE park is 100% illegal. Hasn't been allowed in over 10 years. And yes, there is a lot of damage done, go walk by riverside gardens yourself its not hard to see. The damage isn't being done from people sitting down.
rbresident December 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
"Go fight real crime" So are the police supposed to ignore answering a call when they are sent to one? Skateboarding is illegal in the boro, they are doing the job they are appointed to do, take the problem up with the town not the police.

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