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Eagle Co. reopens skateboard park

The skateboard park and other facilities at the Mt. Sopris Tree Farm were reopened after a meeting Tuesday between Eagle County officials and representatives of park users.

The park was closed last week by Eagle County deputy sheriffs after they found buildings around the skate park had been vandalized. Locks had been picked and some of the buildings had been marked with graffiti and littered with trash, according to Rich Cunningham, facilities management director.

The skate park itself wasn’t vandalized and there was no known connection between its use and the problems in surrounding buildings, Cunningham noted. However, deputies felt the best response was to close the entire facility, he said.

Cunningham met Tuesday with leaders of Tree Pac, a group hoping to see more use of the tree farm for community events and recreation. In that meeting, Cunningham said he pledged that county officials would visit the site more often and help clean up. Tree Pac representatives also said users would be encouraged to keep the site clean.

Cunningham said there’s no way to prevent all problems on the somewhat remote site.

“Unless manned 24 hours per day, the possibility exists for vandalism,” he said.

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