Parks director taking on vandalism

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blytheville Parks and Recreation Director Elroy Brown is already making plans to increase security at city parks, but until then, the battle against vandalization continues.

Tuesday morning Brown showed up at Walker Park to find a new batch of graffiti painted on park furnishings that he said had to have happened Monday evening or sometime Monday night. The graffiti, located underneath the gazebo on the west side of the park and a pavilion in the same area, was the most recent in a slew of attacks by vandals. Brown pointed out several buildings, dumpsters and other fixtures in the park that had been damaged or vandalized.

"I just don't get it, people complain that there's nothing to do and here we are trying to give them something to do and they want to come and just mess it up," Brown said.

According to Brown, the Parks and Recreation Department is looking into overhauling its surveillance for the parks around the city and said the department is already working with the Blytheville Police Department to get more officer patrols through the area whenever possible. Brown said hopefully these steps will help in catching whoever is responsible for these attacks on city property, who would then be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

Despite these changes being made to security, Brown said the best way to fight vandalization would be citizens taking pride in their city and its properties.