FRAMINGHAM – Someone vandalized the new Framingham skate park at Farm Pond, even before its grand opening.
The grand opening is scheduled for June, but overnight someone spray painted “hate” messages on the concrete park.
“The Parks and Recreation Department is just as upset and discouraged as you are in regards to last night’s graffiti! Many of you have reached out to us in hopes to clean this up ASAP. Our staff is currently at the park cleaning up the worst of it before the weather gets too bad,” said the City department in a statement to Source, just before 3 p.m.
“We will continue to clean the rest of the graffiti on Monday. Unfortunately, we ask that the community does NOT attempt to remove the graffiti on their own. The concrete has been treated and the surface requires a specific method and remover in order not to cause any damage. Thank you for your support,” wrote Parks & Recreation to Source.
Town Meeting authorized the money to build a skate park on Farm Pond, across from the baseball fields and Loring Arena.
In 2015, Town Meeting established the 11-member advisory committee and allocated $50,000 for design of the park.
In January 2016, the Advisory Committee voted 7-1 to move forward with a “Farm Pond South” location for the skate park.
In May 2016, Town Meeting approved the construction of a skate park in Framingham.
The Skate Park Advisory Committee had recommended Town Meeting spend $400,000 to construct the park at Farm Pond, across from Loring Arena, but Town Meeting members approved $500,000 for the project.
The skate park was originally scheduled to open in fall 2017, but a grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, June 21.
Editor’s Note: Originally posted at 12:55 p.m. Updated at 3:30 p.m. with statement from Parks & Recreation. Last updated at 3:45 p.m. with photo of the cleanup.
Photos courtesy of Source readers