After being closed down due to reported problems with bullying and graffiti, the Bishop Skatepark has re-opened. Plans to install security cameras at the park are in process.
Community Services Director Keith Caldwell explained that the police have been called out a number of times recently to respond to incidents that involved older kids bullying younger children. A shed was reportedly vandalized and its contents scattered around the park as well.
Like the last time the skate park was closed down, Caldwell reports that graffiti is an issue. This time the writing is on the picnic tables near the skate park. Caldwell reports that as fast as park staff can clean the graffiti off the tables, new four letter words and taunts aimed at the police appear on the tables.
Town staff reports that the cameras have been ordered and should be installed in about two weeks or so. Like security cameras in businesses and banks, activity will be taped.
With the skate park now open and cameras on the way, city staff have scheduled a public meeting to discuss skate park issues. This public meeting for skaters, parents, community members and city staff is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, in the council chambers on West Line Street.