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Some upset over plans to close Cedar Falls skate park

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Some Cedar Falls skaters and others have an ax to grind over plans to close a 15-year-old skate park later this year to make room for a sanitary sewer replacement project.
 City officials are open to replacing or moving the park, but are seeking reassurance that the park won't continue to be a haven for vandals.
   Mark Ripplinger, the city's director of municipal operations and programs, says the skate park -- located near Peet Junior High -- is "the most vandalized facility in the Cedar Falls park system."
   But many users of the park say they're not the ones spray-painting structures, overturning portable toilets and damaging vending machines.

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