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Message from Mayor Oliva

Re: Skate park vandalism and clean-up

Post Date:06/23/2016 10:37 AM

 

Dear Millbrae neighbors and skate park enthusiasts,

Over the past few weeks, I have heard from some of you who are upset that the city skate park has been closed. To add to the injury, we did so at the beginning of summer as school was let out. I’m writing to let you know that the park has been closed because of severe vandalism, but that we expect it to re-open within the next four weeks.

During that time, city staff will be cleaning and repairing the damage to the park. In addition, the Millbrae Police Department will be actively investigating the crime and searching for those involved. Like many cities, we have young adults who are destructive and don’t understand all the consequences of their actions. This crime has cost the city several thousands dollars in repair costs, and valuable time used by city staff and police to address this issue.

When we took over the skate park in 2007, we did so to provide you an opportunity to skate in a safe environment. An opportunity to develop your skills and techniques on ramps and rails, away from the distraction of others. We want it to be a place you take pride in and feel a sense of ownership over.

Millbrae Police have stepped up enforcement with uniformed and undercover officers patrolling the area. There will also be additional surveillance cameras installed at the park for increased security. When the park re-opens, I ask that you help stop people you see destroying it by reporting them to the Police. If you actively see the crime, please call 911 to report it. The City and Police cannot do it on their own, and we need your help to keep the park open.

I’m sorry that this process is taking so long, but I thank you for your patience as we repair the severe damage to the skate park. If you have any other questions or comments, please let me know. In the meantime, enjoy your summer, have fun, and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Mayor Anne Oliva

City of Millbrae

 

 

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