Brooklyn Park Sees Uptick in Park Vandalism
One year after undergoing a $3 million renovation, Brooklyn Park’s River Park has become a popular target for vandals.
“These nice open walls here become, kind of, canvases for graffiti,” said Brad Tullberg, Brooklyn Park’s park and recreation director, referring to the new park pavilion. “Mostly spray paint is pretty common, is the thing we’re running into the most.”
Tullberg says the pavilion opened in July of 2021. It comes complete with bathrooms, picnic tables, and enough space to hold up to 100 people.
“Really a heavily used facility,” Tullberg said. “Used Friday, Saturday, Sunday, virtually all summer long.”
Yet when city crews show up in the early morning hours to get the building ready for an event, they’re often greeted with graffiti that’s so inappropriate, CCX News can’t even show it on television.
“So [crews] are trying to react in order to have it presentable for the public by the time they arrive for their event,” Tullberg said.
That means crews try to quickly repaint surfaces or use heated pressure washers to get rid of the graffiti.
“We’re trying to keep up with mowing and all the other things happening in our park system,” Tullberg said. “But now to try to pressure wash graffiti, paint over graffiti, replace portable toilets that have been burned down, things like that; takes away from the other things that we need to do to keep our park system beautiful.”
It’s a frustrating reality for an amenity that’s designed to be a source of pride for the area.
“We ask that our young people get involved in other ways, doing other things, instead of the graffiti and the vandalism that we’re seeing,” Tullberg said.
A police mobile camera unit situated in the park’s parking lot is one of the ways they’re hoping to prevent some of the vandalism at River Park. Meanwhile, city officials are asking neighbors to be observant, and if they see any suspicious activity to call 911.
Tullberg said they’re doing a tally of the costs associated with all of the park vandalism they’ve dealt with over the last few months. They should have a final total by the end of the summer.