by: Justin Kree
ODESSA- The skate park at Sherwood Park has been reopened a few days ago. After the Parks and Recreation Department worked long hours to clean up the profanity. Monday, Odessa Police released a video of the graffiti criminals
"We're very pleased that the citizen who got involved brought the video to the police department's attention," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers said.
The skate park was closed for five days as the city worked to clean up the graffiti. A job that couldn't have been done without the communities help.
"We were very fortunate to have some volunteer-efforts to help us. We were also fortunate to have some steamers that were donated for the use and we greatly appreciate that assistance," Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, Steve Patton said.
Without the public's help, the cost would be much higher
"There was a lot of damage. The original estimate was around $15,000 of damage that was done out there," Rogers said.
Police are looking for three men.
"You can see the guy with the marker in his hand as the video starts. The two individuals that are on the bank of the skate ramp, they're also involved so we are interested in them too. One has a strange looking hat on, the other has real long hair. I think they are both recognizable," Rogers said.
The city didn't want to close the park, but says the profanity was something the public didn't need to see.
"We didn't need those obscenities to be read by the users of the park. I need to have respect for the citizens of this community to get those obscenities off of it," Patton said.
The skate park at Sherwood Park is unique to the area. A treasure that the Odessa community is proud to have. Defacing the park was hard for the skaters who use the park.
"It was pretty bad. Cause I had to drive all the way to Midland to skate and this one is much closer," Skater, Julian Ramirez said.
"We're really pleased that the community has gotten together and I really think someone will recognize these guys and help get them arrested and help pay for the cleanup and go to jail for this," Rogers said.