City Faces Challenges in Addressing Skate Park Concerns

Youths riding bikes and not using helmets are a common sight at Menifee's new skate park. ...

Youths riding bikes and not using helmets are a common sight at Menifee's new skate park.
A Menifee city official said Thursday that the city is exploring options to further increase security and safety at the new skate park, but that there are limits to what can be done at this time.

Robert Lennox, director of community services, said he is aware of complaints from residents about youths breaking the stated rules in the skate park at the Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park on Newport Road. Menifee 24/7 has also been contacted by several readers who are concerned about three major factors:

-- Individuals riding bikes in the park.
-- Individuals riding without a helmet.
-- Cars parking in the bike lane along Newport Road outside the park.

"There are challenges there right now," Lennox said about the park, which opened to the public on May 24. "We do have plans to install security cameras and signage warning patrons so they know they are being monitored. We also have traffic enginee