UPDATE: Norfolk skate park reopens after graffiti cleaning


by 13News Now


Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 11:17 AM

Northside Skate Park

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8/4 UPDATE: The skate park is now open.

NORFOLK -- Graffiti has forced officials to close Northside Skate Park in Norfolk, according to a tweet just after noon Tuesday.  

Crews will be cleaning graffiti from the park bowls with a pressure washer. 

The rest of the park at 8401 Tidewater Drive is open, police spokeswoman Cpl. Melinda Wray told WVEC.com.  

The graffiti that's being cleaned is from July 12 and 23.  She characterized the tagging as being done by graffiti artists and says it doesn't appear to be gang-related.

On the Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space Facebook page, officials says, "We ask that our patrons please respect our play spaces." 

The City of Norfolk has two active graffiti abatement programs structured to remove the effects of graffiti on the community -- Graffiti Reimbursement and TAG-OUT.  Click here for more information on the programs.

There was no time frame given for the skate park to reopen.