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Lodi skate park will be closed until Saturday for repairs

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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:03 am, Wed Apr 20, 2011.

The skate park at Lodi's Kofu Park will be closed until Saturday after being vandalized a second time.

The park was scheduled to reopen Monday after being closed for about a week due to extensive vandalism, city spokesman Jeff Hood said. There was grafitti and other damage found in the park.

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10 comments:

  • david brinks posted at 9:03 pm on Mon, Apr 25, 2011.

    David Brinks Posts: 10

    Cameras would be a great additon to the park, I take my kids to both the Lodi and Galt skate parks. Galt has camera's and no problems.

    Bob Smith did you think through your statements, you said

    "I believe kids should be playing outdoors, riding their bikes around town, and playing stickball in the street"

    Correct me if I am wrong Bob but I do believe the skate park is "outdoors".

    As far a kids riding there bikes around town or playing in the streets, sorry but this is not the 1950s anymore. This would be dangerous for the kids and pedestrains.

    If you have ever drove by the park when it was open you would have seen the children, both bike riders and skaters safely sharing the park togather.

    And this is not just a skate park. My family as well as others have had picnic's there and it is a lot safer than some of the other parks in town

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 3:34 pm on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    I'm sure it takes more than $800. to clean up downtown after say the Farmer's Market, Wine Strolls and other events. Let's keep this all in perspective.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 3:32 pm on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798


    Bob Smith said, "Stop coddling them. If they can't take care of it they don't deserve it."

    Bob Smith: That's just ridiculous! Who is doing the coddling? And who is being coddled? The kids that respect and enjoy the Skate Park are being punished. I don't know where your "coddling" comment comes in to play here, but it seems to me that good kids and respectful families are being held accountable for something they have nothing to do with here. Also, why aren't the other parks in Lodi being closed due to graffiti and vandalism? I don't see the other parks in Lodi in jeopardy of being closed for the same reasons they use to threaten the closure of this Skate Park. Why?

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 10:43 am on Thu, Apr 21, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    City high rollers? I grew up a block from the tracks, I'm not a "Friend of the Lake", I don't go to Hutchins St Square, I don't do wine strolls, and I don't care for the city council. I believe kids should be playing outdoors, riding their bikes around town, and playing stickball in the street. Stop coddling them. If they can't take care of it they don't deserve it.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:29 pm on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I assume these city high rollers have never been to the eastside of Lodi, where graffiti and vandalism are commonplace and mostly ignored, yet the city high rollers are bound and determined to punish the youth who depend on the skate park for recreation and gathering with friends due to the actions of unknown persons in isolated incidents of vandalism and graffiti. Sacramento news reported the damage of the last incident at $800 and the high rollers have made a big issue of this, yet these same high rollers can justify throwing approximately $1.5 million dollars per year down the drain at Hutchins Street Square with no accountability at all to justify that $1.5 million loss, yet are the first to complain about an $800 graffiti/vandalism incident.

     
  • Tracy Matheson posted at 12:21 pm on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Tracy Matheson Posts: 9

    (Totally off subject last week was banned for not having full name?) I totally agree with the comments of the K Lee cameras are a great idea.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 9:02 am on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    ...and why no cameras at this park yet? Lodi has useless downtown cameras, so why not put cameras in an area where they can actually be beneficial? It's not a money issue, so what's the hold up?

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 8:58 am on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    The kind of thinking that a park should be shut down because someone decides they can get away with graffiti/vandalism is absurd. If that's the way it's going to be then I suppose all of the parks in Lodi should be shut down. There are far worse things going on at other Lodi parks and those parks are still open to the public. Why always single out the Skate Park?

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 8:55 am on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Bob Smith: It is simply ridiculous to shut an entire park down due to graffiti. If the culprits are known then punish them and not the many respectful kids and families that use this park without any problems. If you're going to support shutting down this skate park for this graffiti/vandalism then shut down all of the parks in Lodi due to the graffiti/vandalism. Stop singling out the Skate Park. For goodness sake Salas Park is still open and look what goes on over there...ugh! Someone obviously wants to cause trouble for the people that enjoy this skate park and it's not the good kids and families that enjoy this park everyday. Who do you think it might be, Bob?

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 8:30 am on Wed, Apr 20, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    What'd I say last week? Why fix it when they're just going to tear it up again?

    Yes I know, not every user was involved in the vandalism, and lots of kids enjoy the park. But how long until enough is enough?

     
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