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Syracuse Skate Park Closed

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SYRACUSE, Utah (AP) -- A city skate park has been closed until the identification of a spray painter who left graffiti referring to police as pigs.

The skate park closure is an effort to get someone to come forward with information about the vandalism, said police Lt. Tracy Jensen.

"Were asking for voluntary complaints," Jensen said. "More importantly, though, were asking them to police the park themselves. They ought to address one another when they see someone doing something they don't agree with."

The painting was done July 29, and included a number vulgarities as well, Jensen said.

"There wasn't just one spray painting there were seven to 10 different areas sprayed," he said.

The skate area is part of Founder's Park. It's used daily by 10 to 20 people, said public works director Mike Waite.

Crews finished covering or removing the graffiti on Friday, he said.

"Its been a long process. We tried to use a high-pressure sprayer to remove it. That didn't work, so we tried graffiti remover, and that worked on some of the colors," he said.

Graffiti that couldn't be removed was painted over.

"This is the first problem we've had at the skate park in well over six months," Jensen said.

If the vandal isn't caught, Jensen said, the park will be closed "for a while."


Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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