May 13, 2013 11:59 PM by Steven Albritton

Graffiti At Girard Park Raises Concern

Monday, Girard park goers were met with graffiti on playground equipment. The writing has both drug references and sexually explicit drawings. Sadly, it's a problem that parks and rec is trying to keep up with at all of their parks.

"It's actually sad. You know the city spits out so much money for the kids to have a friendly environment to play in and people come and destroy it. It's a shame," Brandy Dimonde of Opelousas said.

"It's just unnecessary, I think, as a parent. It's just unfortunate that they have to see that and learn words that kind of way," Derrian Mensman of Lafayette said.

"I think it's a shame because this should be a place for enjoyment for families to come out and have a good time," Remona Broussard of Opelousas added.

Greg Gautreaux of parks and rec says in the cost of this damage is passed on to the taxpayers.

"A lot of man hours. A lot of time, funds and dollars are used to remove graffiti or vandalism, Greg Gautreaux of Lafayette Parks and Recreation said.

Right now, there are no leads in the investigation as to who drew on the equipment.

"If they see someone spray painting anything call the police. Call 911 and ask them to send a park ranger to their location and they'll get to it right away," Gautreaux said.

Kids who were playing at the park were oblivious to what was written. Many of them were too young to realize what the graffiti meant. Parents who were at the park all hoped that security could be increased to keep events like this from happening again.



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