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Posted on: December 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Skate Park to Close Next Week for Graffiti Removal

Skate Park Graffiti

The San Marcos Skate Park will be closed for graffiti removal Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Wednesday, Jan. 6.  The park will reopen for use on Thursday, Jan. 7.

“We’ve seen a sharp increase in graffiti vandalism across the City this year and one of the hardest hit locations has been our skate park,” said Jamie Lee Case, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation. “The extensive amount of vandalism on the structures will require the skate park to be closed for two days so that staff can remove the graffiti in the pool, bowl and street areas.” 

Used by skateboarders and inline skaters, the nearly $700,000 park opened in 2007 and was constructed following a grassroots effort led by the local skate community with City Council support. The park has had a rash of vandalism this year including damage and destruction of fencing, signs, a portable toilet, and multiple cases of graffiti.

“Keep San Marcos Beautiful will host a community cleanup day for the rest of the park a little later in 2021,” said Amy Thomaides, Community Enhancement Initiatives Manager. 

The park will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 7 to the adjusted park hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All City parks and natural areas remain open daily for use from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and park patrons are encouraged to continue following local, state and federal COVID-19 protocols. 

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