Parents Upset Over Graffiti At Park
POSTED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 9:36pm
Parents were upset over profanity on a bridge walking into Montoya Heights Park in west El Paso.
"Saying it and reading it, bringing it home and taking it to school. It's real bad for the community," parent Fabian Martinez said.
The park is just next to El Paso ISD's Herrera Elementary School..
Martinez who has three young children said his family lives nearby and they come to this park often..
"I can understand graffiti as an art form but when it's just a profanity like that, they have no reason to do that," Martinez said.
We talked to 7th grader Araceli Ramirez who was playing basketball at the park and even she is upset.
"It's horrible. I don't know why someone would do that,” Ramirez said. “If you know kids are going to be around here, why would you do it. It just gets me really mad."
When Newschannel 9 talked to city officials, they had no idea there was profanity on the bridge. They said it will be cleaned up in the next several days.
A crew with the city's General Services went to check out the graffiti for themselves. They cleaned off all they could in the area by hand but for the profanity on the bridge, they will need a sandblaster.
"Well that's good , that's good they're gonna clean it up but they need to get it done now, before more kids see it," Ramirez said.
An El Paso police officer was called to the park to write a criminal report. City officials said if the person who did this is caught - they will face charges of vandalism.
If you see graffiti at parks or any other places around town, don't hesitate to report it to the city. The number to call is 621-6750. You can also report it online at www.ci.el-paso.tx.us/graffiti/forms.asp.
The city has a team designated to graffiti removal and they have been busy. In just two weeks in December, they cleaned up more than 400 sites.