City Enacts 8-Point Plan to Address Vandalism Complaints at Skateboard by a282102


									                 City of
                 Prince Albert
                                                Media Release
                 Communication Services

Tuesday, October 17, 2006              Number of Pages: 1             “For Immediate Release”

City Enacts 8-Point Plan to Address Vandalism Complaints at
Skateboard Park
The City of Prince Albert, in response to concerns expressed by local residents, businesses and
organizations, will be implementing an action plan to address security and vandalism concerns in and
around the Skateboard Park.

“We take the concerns of our residents and neighborhoods very seriously, and we are taking
immediate action to address recent events in and around the Park,” said Roman Martiuk, City

“The City has put together an 8-Point Action Plan, and will be enacting this plan immediately,” said

The City’s 8-Point Plan includes the following steps:

    -   Hiring security personnel to patrol the area in and around the Park.
    -   Installation of new floodlights around the Park.
    -   Installation of 24-Hour Security Camera in the coming days.
    -   Removal of trash on a daily basis.
    -   Removal of graffiti as soon as weather permits.
    -   Increasing police presence around the Park.
    -   Working with the Prince Albert Skateboard and BMX Association Committee to find ongoing
        solutions to this issue.
    -   Maintaining ongoing communications with the general public and media.

Effective immediately, in cooperation with the Art Hauser Centre Board, dusk-to-dawn security
personnel will patrol both the Art Hauser Centre, as well as the Park.

Brian Klashinsky, Acting Community Services Director, said he was very concerned about recent
reports of vandalism, and reiterated that the City would be taking a proactive approach towards
addressing the problem.

“Usage of the Park has far exceeded expectations, and the high traffic has led to some problems and
challenges,” said Klashinksy.

Adam Balon, Vice President of the Prince Albert Skateboard and BMX Association said he was
dismayed to hear of reports of vandalism, but stated the Association would work closely with the City
to address long-term security issues.

“Safety must take precedent at the new Park, and I fully support taking an immediate and proactive
approach towards this issue,” said Balon.

For more information about this Media Release, please contact:

Roman Martiuk                                       Brian Klashinsky
City Manager                                        Acting Community Services Director
Telephone: 953-4395                                 Telephone: 953-4819

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