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Chronic vandalism forces Chico skate park to close, CARD figuring out how to stop it

There is a growing problem of graffiti at Humboldt Avenue Skate park, forcing the park to close several times.

Posted: Jun 10, 2021 10:04 AM
Updated: Jun 10, 2021 10:12 AM

CHICO, Calif. - There is a growing problem of graffiti at Humboldt Avenue Skate park, forcing the park to close several times.

And preventing skateboarders from doing tricks on the ramps and bowls.

"I don't think that's fair because we just come here to enjoy the park," said Daniel Nascimbsu, a local skater.

CARD director Dave Donnan agrees, saying "it's a constant battle for the people that use this."

Besides the repairs, Donnan says CARD is doing its best to fix the problem. They have been understaffed because of COVID-19.

"Other than standing a guard here 24/7, we're just going to have work with the skateboarders," Donnan said.

CARD says it can cost up to $700 each time they have to paint over the graffiti, money they could use elsewhere.

"There's plenty of maintenance that needs to be done, Donnan explains "there are ball fields, the grass area when there are brown spots."

"Graffiti art is a really cool thing and it shouldn't be silenced," Ryann Helder, a Chico resident explained, "however, I don't think profanity being written on the ground with spray paint on the ground is an art that should be preserved."

"You can't really segregate who can call it art," said one neighbor who did not want to be on camera.

"Now you can't make everybody happy. We're doing the best we can with what we have. It's not a waste of taxpayer money if people are using it," Donnan said.

CARD is hoping to make create a separate area where people can create art.

Donnan says he will try to bring this issue up at the next CARD board meeting.

From now on CARD says from now on any new graffiti that surfaces, the park will be closed for 72 hours.

For the latest information on park closures, CLICK HERE.

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