The city is eyeing tougher penalties for those who skateboard on public art and memorials.
A City Council committee approved today a bill sponsored by Councilman David Oh on behalf of the Nutter administration that would add public artwork and memorials to the city ban on skateboarding on public property and hike fines from $300 to $2,000 and imprisonment of up to 90 days.
Imprisonment would not be imposed on children and their parents.
“Philadelphia is known throughout the world for the high quality, extensive variety and sheer number of pieces of public art on view throughout the city,” said Gary Steuer, the city’s chief cultural officer. “When those works are defaced or damaged, it presents a negative image to residents and visitors alike.”