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Skateboarders Damaged Westwood Veterans' Park Benches

Westwood officials said they would investigate ways to prevent skateboarders from performing tricks on the memorial benches.

Skateboarders have damaged four memorial benches in Veterans' Memorial Park, according to Westwood Councilman Peter Grefrath.

The benches were purchased by local families as memorials to deceased loved ones as part of a borough program. Families for benches in other parks.

"I'm not really happy with skateboarders damaging memorial benches," Grefrath said.

Officials said chipping on two of the benches could probably be repaired by borough employees, but two others may need to go back to the manufacturer for repair.

The damage was not purposeful vandalism, they said, but appeared to have been caused by skateboards being slid along the bench edges because of chipping and multicolored paint residue.

Officials said they would see if a bolt or other object could be installed in the middle of the benches to prevent skateboarders from doing tricks on them.

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Dumb O'Dumberer February 11, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Check this site: http://stopagrind.com/ Many products for various needs to prevent skateboarding.
21st century concerned citizen February 11, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Unfortunately we have people who have no respect for the property of others. Skateborders were also seen disrespecting property at Zion Lutheran School by skatebording on the schools steps. With the amount of mischief we have in Veterans Park we do need to strategically place cameras throughout the park to deter and catch vandals
scruffy February 11, 2013 at 07:13 PM
skateboarders have been causing damage to the area schools for years. They have damaged the steps and landings at all for a long time and have damaged the park before. The cameras should have been part of the overall redesign of the park to stop not only this vandalism but also better see who goes in and out of the train station as there has been damage to it as well previously not by the skateboarders. It is a shame that we need to take such measure but how much good money shall we put after bad acts repeatedly till we learn the lesson?
Harold Wurst February 12, 2013 at 06:59 AM
Do we have proper laws on the books if we do catch who ever is causing the damage?
scruffy February 12, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Yes, there already are vandalism to public property as well as youth offender laws on the books. They are no different for benches as opposed to any other damage. The problem has been catching them and the cameras will greatly change that. Perhaps the cameras being installed will wake up some of the parents as they will be the one who will most likely be paying the fines for their kids if they are under the age of 18 and don't have money of their own to pay it.
Robert February 12, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Should be a skatboard and roller hockey rink at park. Too many soccer fields and area 61 that does not get used but is always lite. Wildcats in 7 !
trey patunas February 14, 2013 at 09:43 PM
i skateboard but i leave in township and it would keep us all of the streets if there was a skatepark
Gary Conkling February 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Hey Robert It was all planned to have a roller hockey rink. But they screwed the hockey kids. Skate board park would be a good addition to the park. Westvale is for everyone or is it?
Harold Wurst February 15, 2013 at 07:55 AM
I agree we do need a street hockey rink and skate board area for our kids. I go to Fair Lawn every Sat. & Sun. to watch my grand children play in street hockey competition, 8 teams total ( that's a lot of Kids off the sttreet ) and a lot of parents and grand parents enjoying whatching them. All in the name of FUN.
trey patunas February 16, 2013 at 04:15 AM
how about you guys just think a little and instead of putting cameras in put a skatepark in. you put so much stuff in for sports and what just because we are skateboarders that makes us different. it is a sport and it should be treated like one. WE NEED A SKATEPARK!!

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