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City of Albany turns off power to skate park to solve homeless problem

Skaters said homeless people have been in the park almost daily.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 5:49 PM
Updated: Mar. 12, 2018 5:50 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- A skate park in Albany caused controversy because homeless people were using it as a charging station.

The park, located on 6th Ave., has a few outlets that city workers and skaters use for equipment or to charge their phones. 

However, city officials said the homeless often hung out in the area, sometimes doing drugs and leaving behind trash. City officials said to fix the problem, they recently turned off the electricity to those outlets. 

"I mean I like charging my phone so it's not really that convenient but if it stops them from hanging out here," Zachary Williams, a skater who frequents the park, said. 

Skaters said homeless people have been in the park almost daily.

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