Tecumseh Skate Park Reopens
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The Tecumseh Skate Park is open once again following vandalism on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 prompting the park to close temporarily.
“We understand there are those who have questioned our response. This incident, combined with other instances of vandalism at Tecumseh facilities over the last couple of years left my Council colleagues and I feeling that enough was enough,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Council approved a design that was free of art. Coming in the dark during the middle of the night with spray paint is vandalism not art. Our decision to close the park was a direct result of the disrespect shown to a Town facility. If this was private property it would not be acceptable. Why is it ok to damage or deface a public facility without the input and approval of the taxpayers of Town?”
The Tecumseh Skate Park was constructed four years ago and provides a safe location for youth to enjoy an outdoor, screen-free activity. It sees on average 40 to 50 users per day and connects to the trail system around the arena and adjacent streets.
“When the Town develops designs for facilities, we do consider implementing artwork and open up the design to public consultation,” said Paul Anthony, Director Parks & Recreation Services. “The Skate Park was designed to be free of paint. Cleaning the surface of the bowl can cause damage to the concrete which then impacts the use. We ask that all of our facilities be respected and anyone who sees someone causing damage should call police immediately.”
The Town is working with the Essex County OPP to investigate this incident and bring charges against the individuals responsible. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.