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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 11:24 a.m.

Monroeville officials are seeking a better location for an out-of-the-way skate park targeted by vandals.Someone sprayed graffiti on equipment and made off with aluminum benches. The aluminum probably were sold for scrap, said Paul Estok, program director for the Monroeville Recreation and Parks Department.Municipal officials are looking for a more central location for the skate park, which is on a desolate stretch of Abers Creek Road. They also want to find someone to lock and unlock the gate each day, Estok said.Public works employees will remove the graffiti as officials discuss a new location."We'd have to find the funds for the paving and the fencing," Estok said.Monroeville officials initially contacted the Trafford Recreation Board to ask whether it wanted to buy the used equipment for a new skate area it plans for B-Y Park, but rec board members last week said they were leery of buying used equipment that doesn't have a warranty.After inspecting the Monroeville equipment, Cheryl Kemerer, director of the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission, said the skate gear is structurally sound but shows some rust and would need some restoration."It's already seen its day," said Trafford Councilwoman Vicki Megon, who sits on the recreation board.Another issue for Trafford is how any used equipment would fit within the scope of the project. State officials approved the specifications for eight features in the park, so any changes would require approval from the state agency. Staff writer Chris Foreman contributed to this report.

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