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Graffiti cleanup forces NLV skate park's closure

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The city of North Las Vegas had to close the Craig Ranch Skate Park on Friday for graffiti abatement efforts. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5) The city of North Las Vegas had to close the Craig Ranch Skate Park on Friday for graffiti abatement efforts. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
The graffiti was found in the park's bathroom. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5) The graffiti was found in the park's bathroom. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

Graffiti at Craig Ranch Skate Park in North Las Vegas forced the city to close it for six hours on Friday.

The city said graffiti was found in the bathroom, and the shut down was so cleanup crews could fix it without any disturbances.

The skate park was designed for teenagers and other young extreme sport enthusiasts to show off their skills.

Skateboarder Luis Barriza says he wasn't happy when he first learned of the vandalism.

"That actually made me mad," Barriza said. "I don't even see the point in that, I just come here to skate, and if that's going to mess it up for me, then yeah."

BMX rider Dylan Morris first noticed graffiti the day before the park opened.

"There was some tagging right there, and I was like, I haven't even rode the park yet and someone already hopped in and vandalized it," Morris said.

By Friday afternoon, security was patrolling the area and vandalism in the bathrooms was cleaned up.

"It's been amazing to watch these kids melt together - they all seem to know each other," the North Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Board Chairman Jim Olive said.

Olive said he recognizes graffiti will be a reality of how some kids try to make their mark, but he believes most are there to do the right thing.

"You'll be amazed at how many kids are over there and how well behaved they are."

City officials said they hope Friday's closure will send a message to those vandalizing the skate park.

"It is truly disappointing to see people treat this facility disrespectfully," Interim City Manager Jeff Buchanan said. "My hope is that going forward, we'll be able to keep the skate park open and graffiti free for all to enjoy. Otherwise, we will have to consider keeping fewer hours to prevent future damages."

The park cost $130 million and was paid for mostly through federal dollars. The city says their annual maintenance budget is $2 million.

As of Friday, spokesperson Juliet Casey says the city didn't know yet how much the vandalism cost, but they used part of the maintenance budget to clean it up.

The skate park is a 65,000-square foot complex and the entire Craig Ranch Regional Park is 170 acres. The city also noted that the park is the city's newest.

If park users spot vandalism, they are encouraged to call the city at (702)-633-2650.

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