Skate park closing through February

Posted: Friday, January 01, 2010

JUNEAU - Pipeline Skate Park will be closed for repair and maintenance starting Monday and lasting through Feb. 27.

Late-night vandalism, litter and drug and alcohol use at the city-owned park fueled discussion between skaters and city officials in the fall. In early November, the city committed to fixing up the park and installing surveillance cameras, creating an advisory board, and installing a gate to keep loiterers out at night. Skateboarders at one meeting supported closing the park with the gate, saying loiterers are using the open, covered structure as a place to party at night.

At the meetings, park officials said they would revamp the park in the winter or early spring.

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