- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - An art park in Atlantic City is being paved over to make way for a parking lot.

The Press of Atlantic City reports (http://bit.ly/1TLA3PW ) heavy machinery on Thursday flattened Artlantic, which was put up in 2012 at the former site of the Sands Casino Hotel.

An attorney for the property owner says the seven-acre site will become a parking lot. An Orlando-based developer wants to put up a 360-foot-tall vertical roller coaster on one acre of the former casino site.

The park featured large single-word signs on slanted, grassy mounds and had a half-buried pirate ship as its centerpiece.

Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director John Palmieri says the agency’s board of directors authorized the entity to spend up to $150,000 to take the art and earthwork down.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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