CREATED Jun. 11, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They spray painted words you wouldn't want your child to see, and they did it at a public playground. A neighbor called 9 On Your Side for action after vulgar vandals struck an east side park. Less than a day later, that action arrived.
“Trash! It’s degrading,” said Jim Beard, who owns a nearby business.
One neighbor called KGUN9, which called the city parks and recreation department. The deputy director promised to clean up the graffiti
-- thereby helping prevent more -- within 24 to 48 hours.
A half a day later, crews were at the park with pressure washers, blasting away the vulgarities written in paint and marker.
“I was pretty disgusted,” said parks and rec worker Ramon Morales. “This is as worse as it gets right here.”
Neighbor Jennifer Halley said, “I was happy to see that they were taking quick action."
“I think it's only temporary, probably,” Halley added. “It seems like these vandals act pretty quickly to come right back in.”
The clean-up crew knows it, too. Tuesday alone, the three-person crew was set to clean up graffiti at about ten parks. Days later, they'll be back.
“Kind of a lose-lose situation,” Morales said.
Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Greg Jackson said it all takes a "significant" amount of workers' time, but couldn't give a total number of hours or an estimate of how much that costs taxpayers. He explained the job is just part of many employees’ daily routines.
“Seeing this is just another day in the park,” Morales said.
How can neighbors help fight the constant spray painting? Call 911 -- not 88-CRIME -- when you see a crime in progress.
If you notice graffiti later, call the city’s hotline at 520-792-CITY, fill out an online form
or use Tucson’s graffiti reporting mobile app.