Vandal Strikes Woodland Park, Department Gets Proactive - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Vandal Strikes Woodland Park, Department Gets Proactive

Posted: Updated:
KALISPELL - Kalispell's Parks and Recreation Department starts cleaning up the work of what they think is just one vandal.

Thanks to some recent changes, though, the cost to remove this kind of graffiti has dropped off over the past few years.

They struck last week, all over the back side of the pool over in Woodland. They also hit up the bathroom stalls and some of the walls. Parks and Recreation director Chad Fincher sent in a number of photos to the police, but they haven't had any luck catching the culprit.

"It kind of ticks me off just because it makes things look bad," said Val Hemsley, the recreation programmer for the Department, "It's blatant disregard for property."

Just cleaning up the mess will take at least $500. Sometimes they can wait around and make it a service project for some of the kids over at the Center for Restorative Youth Justice, but this stuff can't wait. They've already started cleaning and painting over the pictures, hopefully knocking the wind out of the sails of the vandal and potential future graffiti artists.

"Typically in the spring we get hit real hard," explained Fincher, "There's a lot of tagging around the skate park. It seems the pool gets tagged on the back side of the building just because it's not seen by a whole lot of people."

The Department is really getting out ahead of stuff like this. Now they have a camera set up near the pool, and they've even set up the sprinklers to go off around 2:00 a.m., after the bars let out and the chances of getting spray painted are highest.

According to the Department's annual report, the cost of fixing vandalism has been going down since 2011. Last year, damage totaled $2,641, almost halving the year before.

"It really depends. I mean if we have an individual go in and set fire to a facility, those costs go way up. Generally speaking, vandalism such as graffiti isn't really costly, unless it's like what happened recently where there's a lot of it," said Fincher.

For this latest strike, Fincher says they'll have to wait for better weather to remove the rest of it.

Since 2000, the worst year for park vandalism cost the Department more than $5,700. That was between 2002 and 2003.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

    Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-04-18 05:23:11 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 4:43 AM EDT2018-04-20 08:43:24 GMT
    (ASRM via AP). This undated microscope image provided by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in January 2018 shows a trophectoderm biopsy, in which cells from the outer layer of an embryo that develop into the placenta and amniotic membranes...(ASRM via AP). This undated microscope image provided by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in January 2018 shows a trophectoderm biopsy, in which cells from the outer layer of an embryo that develop into the placenta and amniotic membranes...
    A prominent biomedical ethics expert predicts that in 20 to 40 years, many parents will choose babies from dozens of embryos, after examining DNA information on each.
    A prominent biomedical ethics expert predicts that in 20 to 40 years, many parents will choose babies from dozens of embryos, after examining DNA information on each.
  • Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

    Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 2:23 PM EDT2018-04-18 18:23:23 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 4:43 AM EDT2018-04-20 08:43:20 GMT
    (OrganOx via AP). This 2016 photo provided by OrganOx shows Drs. David Nasralla and Annemarie Weissenbacher with the company's metra device holding a liver in Oxford, England. On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, British researchers said that keeping at least...(OrganOx via AP). This 2016 photo provided by OrganOx shows Drs. David Nasralla and Annemarie Weissenbacher with the company's metra device holding a liver in Oxford, England. On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, British researchers said that keeping at least...
    Study suggests warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve organ transplants.
    Study suggests warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve organ transplants.
  • US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

    US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 11:10 AM EDT2018-04-17 15:10:25 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 4:43 AM EDT2018-04-20 08:43:10 GMT
    US health officials propose steps to improve the government's oversight of medical devices.
    US health officials propose steps to improve the government's oversight of medical devices.
Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.