Valley skate park closed until further notice

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STANLEY, Va. (WHSV) — The Stanley Police Department has closed the town's skate park until further notice because of vandalism over the weekend, which it says has made the skate park unsafe.

Police say it's the second time this month that Ed Good Memorial Park has been vandalized. Earlier in April, three teenagers were charged with trespassing, after damaging Easter decorations in the park after it had closed.

Police Chief Ryan Dean said this past weekend those who trespassed damaged parts of the skate park, making it unsafe.

"They removed the coping around the lip, about 10 or 12 pieces have been torn up and smashed," Chief Dean said. "Its just bare concrete right now, where a skate wheel wouldn't turn on, so a kid could possibly get hurt."

The skate park was built in 2005 and was funded with help from the Tony Hawk Foundation, a nonprofit run by professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. The organization aims to help build skate parks in areas that don't have one.

Police say for now they are closing the skate park section until further notice.

"The damage done here to the skate park has gone way too far," Chief Dean said. "It can be dangerous for skaters to use, so we decided to shut it all down until we can get it back up, the way it's supposed to be."

Police were able to catch the three trespassers earlier this month through the new camera system the department installed in the park.

The department is investigating the footage from over the weekend to identify those who caused the damage.