Area to the left is where graffiti was cleaned off skating surface
Park cost $370,000 to build and has been open about one year.
North Glynn County Recreamtion complex is 153 acres with soccer, softball, baseball fields and one mile nature trail. Tennis courts and playground equipment coming soon.
GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. -- Vandals recently painted graffiti at a new skate park in Glynn County, so county officials may soon install security cameras to discourage criminal activity.
Cleaning the graffiti cost $400 in chemicals and staff, and it took two days to clean the paint off the surface. It closed the park for a week and angered many.
"It never should have happened in the first place," said skateboarder Emory Schwall, a college student. "Whoever did this is an idiot."
Colin Schmidt said the park is one of the few activities in town that is free. "It put us out of something to do...and we don't have any money. We drove out here a couple of times to see if it was open, so it was a big inconvenience."
Glynn County Parks and Recreation Director Wesley Davis said it made him sick to his stomach. "We work real hard and want everything to look good. The commissioners and taxpayers allowed us to do some great work out here to help folks."
The skate park is a small part of the 153-acre North Glynn Recreation Complex, which includes several ball fields and a nature walk around a lake. The complex hosts numerous tournaments. Tennis courts and new playground equipment are in the works. The park is paid for by a one cent local option sales tax approved by voters.
Cameras have always been in the plans for the park. The county commission finance committee has now recommended the county spend $123,000 to install 21 high tech cameras around the park, hoping to discourage and catch criminals.
The costs may seem high to fight vandalism that costs a few hundred dollars. Recreation Director Wesley Davis said it is worth it.
"The cameras are going to reach out several hundred yards and pull a tag number. Your home camera can't do that. People may be concerned about price. We are going to be able to cover 153 acres, along with Wi-Fi, we don't see it as such a bad deal."
Wi-Fi will now be available at the park as well when the cameras are installed.
Davis said it is about more than vandalism. "We feel the need for cameras not only for vandalism, but for the safety of our patrons, our kids out here. Mothers and dads can feel safe knowing we are going to really see who goes in and out of the park with their vehicles and in other areas."
The full commission will vote on the camera expenditure at its meeting on Oct. 20.
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