Street art that was installed at a newly refurbished city skate park has been vandalised.
The facility at Westburn Park was officially reopened in August after a makeover worth more than £100,000 was funded by Aberdeen City Council.
Spearheaded by the Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park group, it was planned to modernise the area which was falling into disrepair after being built in the 1970s.
As part of the new plans, a local artist created a small mosaic-style street art piece.
It featured a blue hand design, with some words made out of tiles.
When they revisited the park, the group was disappointed to see that the tiles had been removed and “skate or cry” written in spray paint over the top.
Peter Stephen, chairman of the Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park group, said: “This is so unkind and anti-social and out of character for Westburn Park.
“I’m really disappointed that this has happened.
“It’s not like Westburn Park at all. The skate park is still looking absolutely fantastic though.”
He added that the group is considering having more street art in the park, and will be considering the possibility over the winter months.
Despite the shock that the skate park was targeted, it is not the first time the green space has been hit by vandals.
In March, the community orchard which was planted by school children was ripped up only 24 hours after it was first put in place.
A project that was also run by the park group, the tree-planting was supported by a £300 donation from Aberdeen Rotary Club, which also supports crocus bulb planting in the park for polio charities.
Councillor Tom Mason, who represents the area, said: “It is very disappointing.
“The town and a lot of people have spent a good amount of money and time on the skate park facilities.
“It’s been kept well and they’d been looking forward to having it finished.
“If it gets vandalised it destroys people’s art and it discourages people from doing more art.
“They had damaged the fruit trees as well. It’s a shame.”
He added: “The only way to stop vandalism is to keep it clean and tidy.
“As soon as vandalism starts it just gets worse and worse.
“I don’t know what’s gotten into people’s heads.”