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Skatepark covered with graffiti

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyEagle resident Tommy Nolan skates through a bowl Monday in the Edwards skatepark that was spray-painted with graffiti over the weekend.
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EDWARDS ” Skateboarder Jerry Robinson stared at the skatepark’s concrete bowls blackened by graffiti and shook his head in dismay.

Just a couple of weeks ago, he and a few other skaters had worked for hours shoveling snow from the bowls at Freedom Park.

“We spent our time making it skateable and they spend their time making it unskateable,” said Robinson, a 36-year-old Avon resident.

Several of the concrete bowls of the Edwards skatepark were spay-painted sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

This is the first time the park has been hit, said Clark Shively, facilities manager for Eagle County.

Crew members were working Monday afternoon at $225 per hour to clean up the misspelled curse words and sketches of smoking faces at Freedom Park.

The crew would have to work all afternoon to remove the graffiti with a high-pressure hose spewing baking soda, said Mark Monica, chief operating officer of Steammaster.

Only a couple vandals have struck the skatepark in the past, Shively said.

Skateboarders expressed disgust and contempt Monday afternoon for those who defaced the bowls. Some worried that a newspaper article would create bad publicity for a park where few crimes have been reported.

Most of the time, people take care of the skatepark, said Jonathan Mackiewicz, a skateboarder for 10 years and an Avon resident. The skate park is one of the best in Colorado, he said.

Liz Riviere, 39, travels from Denver to the skate ark several times each year, she said.

Riviere was surprised that workers promptly removed the graffiti ” in Denver the graffiti would have remained for days, she said.

“I think it’s a disgrace,” said skateboarder Quintin Wicks, “I hope they find out who did this.”

Police have no suspects or witnesses, but sheriff’s deputies are still investigating and have some leads, Andree said.

If you have any information on the suspect or crime, you can anonymously report it and earn up to $1,000 by calling Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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