The most significant act of vandalism at the James E. Wolfe Skate Park in the half year that it has been open was committed by a Tarentum Borough official who ordered that bolts should be cut to remove a piece of skate equipment from the park.
The skatepark was designed to include a picnic table upon which the skaters could use their boards. This was not an ordinary table, but was made from durable welded steel, and bolted into place so that it would remain in position when skaters used it. It was installed near the entrance to the park.
It is not there any more.
Now the table is outside the skate park, suitable for use only ... as a picnic table.
No one consulted with the Tarentum Recreation Board before damaging the skate park and removing the equipment.
The purchase and installation of this table were funded by the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Program and the Borough of Tarentum. I wonder whether equipment purchased through grants for a specific purpose can legally be appropriated by a municipality for a different use.
None of the skaters I spoke with understand why this was done.