FL city dumps mountains of mulch on skate park, families clean it up so kids can skate

by Bryan Brammer · May 16th, 2020 2:45 pm
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Last Updated May 14th, 2021 at 11:06 am

Residents near Gainesville, Florida armed with shovels and leaf blowers showed up at a local skate park on Thursday to remove mountains of mulch the city dumped over every inch of the park.

Skaters arrived at Possum Creek Park Thursday morning excited to ride the ramps after the city of Tampa announced that all parks would be reopening over the weekend.

Upon seeing the mounds of mulch, parents and skaters jumped to action, sending people home for push brooms and other tools. The news quickly spread on social media, and people who had no interest in skating arrived to lend a hand. The group worked until sunset.

By 4:00 p.m. Friday, all skating surfaces were completely cleared of mulch, including the bowls.

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Shortly after the park was filled with skaters once again, local police officers arrived with permanent signs declaring the park closed.

Although the skaters were immediately asked to leave, they returned to the park later that evening with no police in sight.

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