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Published on Sep 9, 2008
Steve Prisco, 19, of Stoughton, says the police have threatened to close the town's skateboard park if it is too messy, so he and his friends clean up trash other people leave behind. "Cops come by and enforce it, and they say if it stays trashed, they are going to close it down," said Prisco. "It's our home and I just make sure it isn't going to get closed down." Litter, however, is more easily remedied than the vandalism and drug activity that have plagued skateboard sites in some local towns. Some town-sponsored skateboard parks, despite the thousands of dollars spent to build them, have been shut down after vandals trashed the facilities, graffiti scofflaws defaced equipment or dope addicts used the space as a hangout. So now, communities are selecting sites for skateboard parks that can be monitored, such as near a police station or indoors with supervision.