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New North Las Vegas skate park closes for graffiti removal

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New North Las Vegas skate park closes for graffiti removal

By Denise Wong. CREATED Nov 8, 2013

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Starting Friday morning, the City of North Las Vegas is shutting down the skate park for most of the day at the new Craig Ranch Regional Park. City officials explain that they're doing this in order to clean up the skate park, which has been hit by vandals.

Graffiti can already be seen on the concrete benches and on the fixtures and walls of the restrooms.

The skate park is a big attraction at the city's newest park, which just opened two weeks ago. As the flyers posted around the skate park point out, the skate park will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday during the cleanup.

Tarron "Wolf" Whitley, one of the skaters who uses the park, says that shutting it down for much of the day isn't going to sit well with some skaters who come every day. "It's gonna make them mad," he says. "You close it down for them, due to somebody else doing something like that."

City officials say they're hoping to curb the problem before it gets out of control. They say if the paint is removed and the park doesn't stay just about graffiti-free, they may look into reducing the hours the skate park is normally open.