- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s Love Park has been vandalized with graffiti in the days before it closes for a yearlong, multimillion-dollar renovation.

Mayor Jim Kenney announced Feb. 10 that a ban on skateboarding would be lifted until the park closed this week. The park has long been a skateboarding mecca because of its granite ledges, benches and steps.

Skaters from around the region have been taking advantage of their last chance to use it.

It’s not clear whom the vandals were, but Kenney’s office tells WPVI-TV (https://6abc.cm/1PF2GN0) they “expected something like this to happen” when they opened the park to skaters.

The park and welcome center are getting a $20 million facelift.

Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” statue will be moved across the street to City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza during the renovation.

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