Security? Obnoxious Graffiti Steals the Innocence Of Hunsley Park
Our city parks are places where kids get to run and play. They are a place to take a walk and a place of innocence. However, it seems that is less and less as the world changes.
Hunsley Park in Canyon is experiencing some crazy things. This park has a great playground for the kids to run, play, slide, and enjoy their childhood. It's a great park to go to and take a walk and get some peace and exercise.
It's supposed to be a place of fun however, certain people are trying to make sure this isn't going to happen.
Hunsley Park was recently vandalized. A person or persons decided it would be fun to spray paint the playground equipment. Was it something fun and playful? No, it was just jibberish. It's possible it was gang-related or wannabe gang-related. The number 187 was spray painted on the slide along with Lil Chepe or Lil Cheese misspelled, it's hard to read.
The number 187 is slang for murder.
A recent neighborhood post shared the graffiti and some of the comments were really humorous. Sometimes you have to find the humor in situations like this or else anger can take over.
One of my favorite comments from the post was:
My mom always told us as kids. Only fool's names appear in public places.
Another mother talked about There are pictures of inappropriate body parts on the insides of the slides along with inappropriate comments. This particular mother stopped taking their kids to the park. Some citizens offered to go to the park and clean up the graffiti.
It seems that it isn't just the graffiti happening in the park. One concerned citizen talked about using the restroom at the park and being cat called by a bunch of teenagers. Then said teenagers kept beating on the doors and screaming inappropriate things at the women. She said she busted out of the bathroom and the kids ran and hid in the men's restroom. Another citizen said they had the same thing happen to them.
Is this something that we continue to accept or do we as citizens start fighting back to keep our parks safe? If you see something say something. Do we need to follow that mantra? Is this where we start inundating our police departments with reports of inappropriate behavior and vandalism? Do we as a community start taking pictures and blasting people on social media? Is it an invasion of their privacy, especially if they are minors? Does this open a door to people taking pictures on a playground? It seems like a lose, lose situation.
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