The Carroll Skate Park was vandalized last week with numerous racial and sexual words spray painted on about one-half of the concrete skate ramps. Cleanup of the area began Thursday, and the Carroll Police Department is investigating the vandalism.<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>&nbsp; Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann</em></span>
The Carroll Skate Park was vandalized last week with numerous racial and sexual words spray painted on about one-half of the concrete skate ramps. Cleanup of the area began Thursday, and the Carroll Police Department is investigating the vandalism.  Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
Monday, October 29, 2012

Carroll spent an estimated $500 to scrub extensive graffiti from the Carroll Skate Park last week.

Someone reported the obscene language — written in black and purple paint over much of the skate park’s concrete — on Thursday morning. It included swear words and racial and sexual pejoratives, though much of it could not be seen by park passersby.

“Generally when someone does something like that, they do it for the notoriety,” police Capt. Mark Heino said on Friday. “People talk.”

Investigators hope that chatter will eventually lead police to a suspect, as it did four years ago when officers tracked down a 19-year-old man who had written obscene words on the park.

“It’s just a matter of questioning people that we knew to associate down there at the skate park,” Heino said. “People gave us information.”

The skate park opened in Graham Park in Carroll in 2007 and cost more than $200,000. Nearby residents initially made several reports of loud music to police, but “that stuff has mostly died off,” Heino said.

There have been occasional reports of vandalism at the park in recent years, but last week’s incident was the worst graffiti so far, Heino said.

City Parks and Recreation director Jack Wardell said his department paid someone to remove the graffiti with a bead-blaster or something similar. The work took about an hour, and Wardell said he did not know the cost.

Heino estimated the cost at $500.

“We don’t have a lot of (graffiti),” he said. “Most of the time when we have vandalism of this type, it’s someplace that’s relatively obscure.”