Skaters v.s. Skaters

Dear City of Halifax, why is it you treat the ice skaters of winter differently than the urban skaters of summer? Yes I'm a skateboarder and yes I enjoy ice skating. However, when I ride my board at the Commons Skate Park without a helmet I'm met with a fine of $138. Yet I I can put on my skates which I use maybe 3 or 4 times a year, take one step out on the rink and bound my head off the surface, no restrictions. These areas are only a few hundred feet away from one another, share the same amount of danger, the same odds of running into someone, and yes the skatepark is just that much closer to the hospital if anything were to happen. I'm disappointed that skateboarders continue to be treated like criminals. So as the season of rinks and frozen lakes begin remember to use your head, not just about safety but being treated as equals. —Ice is no softer than pavement

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