A minor dustup over the skate park at Christa McAuliffe Park occurred Wednesday night between the board of directors of the Cameron Park Community Services District and several residents.
The tempest began when resident Bill Carey complained the park is frequented by youths drinking alcohol, using drugs and skating without helmets. More recently, spray painted obscene words have shown up.
To illustrate his point, Carey held up one card after another with different obscene words on them. The same words, said Carey, that were spray painted at the skate park.
Flashing the words before the board and audience, board member Scott McNeil was so offended he asked Carey to stop.
When Carey persisted, board President Greg Stanton called for a five-minute recess. He, McNeil and Sean Tucker then walked out of the room while Vicky Neibauer remained behind. Board member Shiva Frentzen was absent.
When they returned, McNeil and Carey confronted each other by trading accusations while Stanton tried to cool everyone down by asking people to “play nice in the sandbox.”
Carey then accused the board of not doing anything about the offensive graffiti, at which point McNeil made a motion to have Carey and his signs removed from the meeting. However, he failed to get a second.
Meanwhile, resident Barbara Rogers accused the board of not caring about the skate park. “Why don’t you do something about what’s going on?” she asked.
Another resident, Gerald Lillpop, said he visited the park and saw the graffiti and didn’t want to take his grandson back, blaming a lack of supervision as the problem. “My family can’t use it because of the filth,” he said.
Commenting after the meeting about the incident, General Manager Mary Cahill said vandalism at a skate park is not atypical and she is not convinced it was actually done by kids.
She said whoever did spray the nasty words used a waxy substance which required the use of several different products to remove it. Cahill said the obscene words were gone by the time Mr. Carey brought it up at the meeting.
However, while the obscene words are gone, some graffiti does remain at the skate park.
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