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'It's unacceptable:' graffiti grows at Albany skate park

There are a number of messages sprayed throughout the skate park (Source:WALB) There are a number of messages sprayed throughout the skate park (Source:WALB)
Judy Bowles, Executive Director for Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (Source:WALB) Judy Bowles, Executive Director for Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (Source:WALB)
Graffiti was found in numerous areas (Source:WALB) Graffiti was found in numerous areas (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An area that was meant for skateboarders has now become a canvas for graffiti artists.

 Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful is asking for the public’s help in cracking down on graffiti at the Albany Skate Park over on College Drive.

The park has become a popular spot for artists to leave their messages and tags.

Judy Bowles, the Executive Director for Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful told WALB News 10 that graffiti is a form of vandalism and called it unacceptable.

“We’ve had graffiti here before, but now there’s an abundance,” Bowles said.

From the skate ramps, the bleachers, even a lighting fixture, Bowles estimated that the park has around 15-20 graffiti messages.

Some of the messages could be gang-related, because graffiti is a popular form of communication among gangs.

Bowles said spraying graffiti is illegal and if residents find someone spraying graffiti, they should call 911.

“Graffiti is something that we, as a community, can’t tolerate. We, as citizens, don’t need to be looking at that,” Bowles said.

If someone is caught spraying graffiti, they could be punished. Punishments include paying a fine and/or participating in a clean-up group. Repeated offenders could spend some time behind bars.

As far as removing the graffiti, the executive director said crews usually go out and spray over the graffiti, but it looks like the skate park may need more attention.

Bowles and several others met at the park on Thursday to discuss clean-up options. They plan to take a proposal to the city manager.

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