Vandalism Mars Ashland Skate Park

The man who led a 1990s effort to build the Ashland Skate Park says he is disturbed by its current state. Reuben Davis told the Ashland Daily Tidings he recently visited the park and saw garbage on the ground, kids sitting in dirt and a person urinating in bushes. A drinking fountain, garbage can and bench that were vandalized have been removed and not replaced. Meanwhile, Ashland Parks and Recreation Department workers are frustrated by the vandalism that requires repeated repairs. Parks director Don Robertson told the newspaper that the city almost closed the park during one particularly bad stretch of vandalism, but ultimately decided it would be punishing the wrong people. But he would like skateboarders take a more active role in maintaining and protecting the park.

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