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Keep Parks Free from Vandalism

Keep Parks Free from Vandalism

Parks are essential and should be protected from Vandalism. Imagine your favorite childhood playground. What comes to mind when you picture it? More than likely, you reminisce over fond childhood memories like gliding down a shiny, bright red slide and flying high on the chain-link swing. Maybe even jumping off to see how far you’ll land. You probably do not think about broken-down park benches and swear words scratched into the play equipment. However, sadly for the community, this is what some parks have become. It takes large amounts of money to fix damages done to parks and ensure a continual beauty of recreation sites.

In Louisville, KY, a 2015 report showed that there have been nearly $400,000 worth of damages done to city parks. This problem has gotten worse. Among the damages are vandalism, graffiti, and theft. A common occurrence that Louisville parks face is stolen trash cans. Thieves can make around $3 for reselling a metal trash can, whereas it costs parks $10 or more to replace. This seemingly small number adds up to a sum that could be used towards city events or updating community gathering areas.

Unfortunately, vandalism and destruction are fates public places regularly face, but there are ways to stop the damage and costs that parks encounter daily.

To stop vandalism, graffiti, and theft at your park you must:

  • Make sure there is adequate lighting
  • Create activities and programs that involve the community
  • Have Site Managers
  • Display Maps at entrances and walk routes
  • Have Security Measures in place, such as Park Vandalism Cameras
  • Clean up all vandalism and graffiti immediately
  • Maintain safety measures for the park and all park equipment

Accepting the ruin of community recreational sites is not an option. Protect your community and maintain a safe and beautiful park.

 

Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

A skate park and a splash park are great assets to the community and should be protected from vandalism and graffiti.

The community skate park and splash pad add a lot of entertainment and outdoor exercise for both youth and adults.  Outdoor exercise is known to decrease the probability of illness and depression. What better opportunity for outdoor exercise than a skate park or a splash pad?  It is exercise in the disguise of play and socialization.

The time, energy, and cost in creating a skate park and splash pad can be daunting, but it is well worth the effort.  According to the Tony Hawk Foundation, the average cost to build a skate park runs between $200,000- $400,000, with an additional cost to maintain.  According to Chelan County, the estimated cost to create a splash pad is between $800,000-$2,000,000, also with an additional cost to maintain.

With investing so much into a park, it is essential to protect it.

Unfortunately, both skate parks and splash pads are frequently targeted with graffiti and vandalism. This crime is ghastly as it affects the entire community.  Additional unfortunate details are graffiti and vandalism bring down the property values and usher in more devastating crime into the community, such as drugs and violence.  Graffiti and vandalism bring down the entire community’s quality-of-life.

Therefore, it is important to protect your parks from vandalism and graffiti, these quality-of-life offenders. It is also imperative you protect your dollar asset and the hard work that went into building those awesome parks the community loves.

How to protect your park’s assets:

  • Maintain adequate lighting at night
  • Post operating hours
  • Enclose the park with fencing
  • Install Park Vandalism Cameras– designed specifically to stop quality-of-life crimes

Traditional video cameras do not stop quality-of-life crimes.

What is your city doing to protect your great park achievements?

 

How to Protect the Park

How to Protect the Park

In an age of COVID-19, people are more separated than ever. People no longer feel comfortable with even crossing the street to greet their neighbors, let alone offer a friendly handshake. Never before has the thought of engaging in a friendly interaction been considered to be irresponsible or dangerous, but that is the reality we live with now. People no longer feel that they are allowed start relationships with their neighbors. When everyone in a community is an island, everyone will be vulnerable to crime and disaster because they will lack the support system which is usually present in a community.

The one thing which can help turn the tide in this isolation crisis is the public parks system. Public parks are a place where people can gather outside, free from the fear of contracting COVID-19. As a great leader, Alexander Robertson has begun to utilize parks to reunite and rebuild communities which are suffering from neglect and crime. Using fun, outdoor activities, Robertson is breaking down barriers between neighbors. At parks, communities are able to gather together, become more organized, and have their needs heard and met.

Nevertheless, even small nuisance crimes can threaten to disrupt the life-giving activities of parks. If we want our parks to remain protected, then we need to establish iron-clad deterrence.

Protect your Parks:

  • Make sure there is adequate lighting
  • Create activities and programs that involve the community
  • Have Site Managers
  • Have walking routes
  • Display Maps at entrances and walk routes
  • Have Security Measures in place, such as Crime Deterrent Cameras
  • Clean up all vandalism and graffiti immediately
  • Maintain safety measures for the park and all park equipment

 

When a park utilizes crime deterrent cameras, the park will be protected.

#NoVandalism, #ProtectParks, #Parksandrec, #ParksAndRecreation, #WeAreParksAndRec

 

Initials carved in tree

Vandalism in Parks

Violence is not a term restricted to an unjust act against humans. Parks and other public beauty can be subject to cruel, undeserved vandalism, thus making them victims of “cultural violence” (National Parks Service-https://www.nps.gov/articles/vandalism-hurts.htm).

A form of defacing that natural parks often experience is graffiti. Some call it a form of art, but park officials find the offense to be very expensive to remove and challenging to restore the parks back to its natural beauty, “graffiti is vandalism, and is extremely difficult to remove. Repair of vandalized sites, if possible, is costly and time consuming, and often cannot restore the site to its former condition” (National Parks Service-https://www.nps.gov/articles/vandalism-hurts.htm). Even more so, Fox News recently reported from Zion National Parks that rocks and other natural features will not recover fully from vandalism such as spray paint, regardless of how much it is cleaned (Fox News, Salt Lake City- https://fox13now.com/2018/06/17/zion-national-park-reminds-visitors-vandalism-is-not-art/). They remind people that “vandalism is not art.”

Defacing, damaging or painting any part of public parks is a form of vandalism and is illegal. Parks are for the appreciation of nature and the enjoyment of others. When parks are vandalized, it harms the earth and it ruins the experience of visitors. Care for the earth and protect your parks.