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Las Vegas dedicates colorful new murals at Doc Romeo Skatepark

Updated June 10, 2024 - 6:19 pm

Las Vegas dedicated colorful new murals at Doc Romeo Skatepark on Tuesday.

The project was led by Nico Roussin, a local artist who is also a skateboarder, and arts organization Paints With Care. The Percent for the Arts Fund — which receives 1 percent of the city’s capital budget — budgeted $74,500 for the project, according to a city news release and city spokesperson Margaret Kurtz.

There are three bowls in the skatepark. The main one features an “abstract color palette design” with repeated patterns, according to Mary Sabo, a visual arts specialist with the city. She said a second bowl has black-and-white designs, and the third was painted with the help of about 100 local kids and adults.

The murals cover about 9,000 square feet of concrete, according to the release.

Roussin reached out to the city about painting the skatepark around July or August 2023, she said. He had seen that the park was underused and thought his murals would improve the park and get the community involved, according to a city overview.

The Arts Commission approved the mural project in September. Work started April 1 and was completed by the end of that month.

Sabo said the money was used for the artists and their supplies.

The park is named for Donald Romeo, a longtime doctor in the city and an acclaimed boxing ringside physician.

Contact Noble Brigham at nbrigham@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BrighamNoble on X.

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