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New camera at Ashland Skate Park raises questions

Anyone who goes to skate at the Ashland Skate Park from now on will see a new camera monitoring skaters.

Posted: May 9, 2019 11:22 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Anyone who goes to skate at the Ashland Skate Park from now on will see a new camera monitoring skaters. The camera is set up to a 24/7 livestream on YouTube.

Kelly Madding, Ashland City Administrator, said the camera was put in place by the Parks Commission and the Ashland Police Department. Madding said the camera is meant to discourage vandalism and possibly see who did it. It is also a way for parents to watch their kids at the park on the livestream.

Alyssa Murray has been going to the Skate Park since 2006 and says it is one of the things that attracted her to Ashland.

She isn't bothered by the new camera, but she says it isn't right that the water fountain hasn't worked in years yet the City will pay to put in a new camera.

Murray also said the group of people who frequently use the park to skate are not to blame for vandalism.

"I would have hoped that the cameras were put up to discourage the transients that were living on this street for the last several Summers in a row," Murray said. 

Madding said the City Council plans to discuss the camera and other city cameras as well as camera policies during the June 3 study session. 

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