The world-famous Lincoln City Skatepark was vandalized this weekend, with pickles, Ragu, cooking oil and toilet paper rendering a portion of the park unusable.
According to local skaters, late Friday night or early Saturday morning is when the vandalism occurred. Canola oil was spread on the concrete and multiple glass bottles of Ragu pasta sauce were thrown whole, which caused glass to shatter and red stain blast patterns. Whole pickles were also thrown into the bowl.
“It really sucks,” Local skater Ryan Best said. “It’s such a nice place. We clean up here all the time and have in the past, but this is the worst it has ever been.”
Best and other skaters said graffiti is an ongoing problem and they spend time cleaning it whenever it pops up. Best’s father, Dustin, said the criminals were stupid because, “You don’t waste toilet paper in a pandemic.”
The park, built in 1999 by Dreamland Skateparks, has been billed as the “gnarliest” skate park in America by Thrasher Magazine. A recent 20-year celebration, dubbed the Rip Ride Rally, saw hundreds of professional and amateur skaters competing while hall of famer Eric Dressen watched.
Lincoln City Police Sgt. Randy Weaver arrived as a group of parents and skaters started cleaning up the mess. Weaver contacted the City of Lincoln City who told the cleanup group to wait until Monday when the City would come clean it up.
A Portland man who made the trip to Lincoln City specifically to skate at the park said he was upset that vandals would go to such extremes.
“Why would someone try to destroy something that’s made for people to have fun?” He said. The man said the ordeal must have had some thought put into it as oil and red sauce are known to penetrate concrete and are hard to clean.
Local painting contractor Michael Holstin of Quality painting Services, who’s son Clayton skates the park, was there to clean, having brought multiple pressure washers and surface cleaners to get the job done. Holstin was upset about having to stop cleaning to wait for the city, but acknowledged the possible liability issues because the skatepark is a city building.
The skaters said they are sure it was the “BMXers” who threw firecrackers into the cradle two weeks ago. Posts on Instagram have been popping up, pointing fingers at a group of bike riders in Toledo as the culprits.
“They came and were harassing us for like a half-hour,” one skater said. “We told them to please not ride their bikes here as it damages the park and they called us [a bunch of names] and wanted to fight.”
On the City of Lincoln City’s website it states:
SKATEBOARDS ONLY are allowed.
Bikes, scooters, in-line skates are NOT permitted in the park.