'It's pretty much everywhere': Vulgar vandals tag Tucson park
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CREATED Jun. 10, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Imagine a stranger grabbing a marker and writing the F-word all over your child's toys. That's how neighbors on the east side felt after vandals ruined their playground with graffiti. Neighbors said vandals did more than just paint over their green space.
On concrete, plastic, metal and wood, punks have hit nearly every square foot of Swan Park -- near Swan and 29th -- with spray paint and markers.
“I don't like what I see,” said Jim Beard, who owns Family Air heating and air conditioning in the area.
“It's pretty much everywhere,” added Jennifer Halley, who lives nearby.
Some of the graffiti featured vulgar words, and the playground’s welcoming sign states the park is specifically for two- the twelve-year olds.
“I've seen parents who don't want their kids to even go inside the structures there because there's things written in there that they don't want questions about,” Halley said.
Beard said his family doesn’t “feel comfortable at night" there.
Neighbors are afraid and also disappointed because they banded together just a few years ago to build the park with the goal of driving out crime, like drug dealing. Federal, nonprofit and city and other dollars helped fund the project.
“They put a lot of energy into having this park here,” Beard said.
Several neighbors said they're so tired that they've stopped calling the city to report the graffiti.
But the parks department said they need to help prevent the spread of tagging.
“Our staff don't go to every park every day so we may not be at a park for two or three or four days,” said Greg Jackson, deputy director of Tucson Parks and Recreation.
Jackson said crews will clean up Swan Park in the next 24 to 48 hours.
A group of neighborhoods in the 4R Community Alliance will meet Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. to talk about local issues, including the graffiti at the park. They’ll meet at Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd St.
You can report graffiti within the city of Tucson by calling (520) 792-CITY.