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Jun 19, 2013 6:34 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Ingleside to Crack Down on Skate Park Vandalism

INGLESIDE - Recent vandalism at the Ingleside skate park prompted the mayor to propose shutting down the park. The park remains open, but police are now keeping a closer eye on it.

"Every once in a while you will see graffiti like on the sides of the ramps and like on the sides of the hubbas and everything," says skater Dylan Raska.

Just last month, someone knocked over a $4,000 statue in front of the skate park, leaving it in pieces. The destruction prompted Ingleside Mayor Pete Perkins to propose shutting down the park.during the last city council meeting.

"It's almost unfair you know? Because one person or a couple of people decide they want to mark on everything and we are all kicked out," says Raska.

But Mayor Perkins' idea lacked support from council,so for now the park will remain open. Yet these skaters are fed up with the mess.

"It's a just a shame that people would even do that. Because what's their business doing it in the first place? It just messes it up for people that want to try their stuff," says skater Weston Cravey.

Skaters say not only is the graffiti distracting and disrespectful,but it also can cause damage to their board.

The shattered statue so far has been the biggest act of vandalism at the park. City leader are looking into upgrading the cameras in the park to crack down on the mischief.

Until then, Ingleside Police plan to patrol of the area more.

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