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Three-decade long skateboard ramp ban lifted


A 30-year-old ban on backyard skateboard ramps has been lifted, after city council approved by-law changes Monday morning.

“I really didn’t understand the arguments on the other side,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi stated. “We have a noise by-law. We use it to regulate noise and to assume that one kind of activity is different than other activity is over-regulation in the extreme.”

Those opposed are concerned about the amount of noise the ramps will create, but Nenshi said testing has not shown they exceed daytime sound limits. The study showed it was comparable to a normal speaking voice — reaching 54 to 65 decibels — well within an existing by-law.

Councillor Andre Chabot said he had nothing against the sport, just the noise.

“I’m challenged with having it a residential level, based on the number of complaints,” he said.

The report showed 74 per cent of Calgarians were in favour of changing the rules. Ramps can now be used between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.