It is hard to believe that in this generation with all the education on protecting the environment and recycling that the graffiti problem and leaving trash at public parks even exists. According to the Saint George News, Hurricane, jumping rocks located in Sand Hollow State Park, had to be closed for clean up due to accumulated trash and graffiti. Sand Hollow State Park is a beautiful park with large rock and sandstone formations that are part of the Sand Hollow Reservoir. The Sandstone formations are beautiful natural art pieces that sit on the water’s edge. The assistant park manager, Darren Tucker, indicated the area is being “marred by littering, graffiti, things being thrown into the water even.” It is hard to believe this happened. Who would mar this beautiful area?
And yet, today more and more of our National Parks are getting tagged and marred. If our society is to leave a better world for the next generation, we need to do more than clean up after the fact. Cleaning the graffiti introduces chemicals to the area which affects the air quality and the water, due to run off. The chemicals could also enter and contaminate the in-ground water. As the left behind trash sits in the sun, chemicals are released. Our society needs to do better.
As a society what can we do? The Los Angeles Police Department has listed several ways an individual can help their community. Several to note are education, clean up, reporting and protecting. As most offenders are young, the LAPD encourages the public to volunteer in areas that educate the young that vandalism, which includes graffiti and illegal trash dumping, is a crime. Volunteering also encourages the young to use their time for valuable moments rather than doing something that is hurtful to the community. It is important we make our parks a priority. What are some ways you can help stop graffiti and vandalism in our parks?