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Vandals target local skate park, spray paint racial, gay slurs

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Racial and gay slurs, even satanic symbols, were spray-painted crudely across nearly every surface at the Stoner Avenue Skate Park near the boat launch in Shreveport over the weekend.

A bold move by vandals, and city park crews say they're only getting bolder.

"Hopefully, if citizens are out and they see someone carrying on with this type of behavior, they'll just report it," says Jarvis Garner, Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation Grounds Supervisor.

The skate park, along Clyde Fant, is familiar territory to SPAR grounds crews, who say they're called to the park about every other week for the same problem.

Armed with power washers and chemicals, workers once again set to work removing the latest round of graffiti.

"It is an eyesore becaue we have people coming in from out of town often visiting Shreveport," Garner says.

People like Andrew Myers, in town visiting family for the summer and taking advantage of the skate park.

He says he's surprised - and disgusted - by the nature of these latest messages.

"It's kind of sad, you know, that this is what these guys have to do in their free time?"

Myers says this type of vandalism paints skaters in a bad light and is concerned the park would be forced to close if it gets any worse.

"I've met strangers, even here, and they've been awesome. They've been great but a select few may ruin this for everybody."

SPAR says if they get a call about graffiti containing particularly offensive words or images, they'll make removing those a priority.

Crews say without surveillance cameras, or a guard on duty, however, it's tough to prevent.

They just rely on residents to report the graffiti to the city when they see it, so it can be cleaned up as soon as possible.

SPAR is responsible for maintaining 65 area parks, as well as city right-of-ways.

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