Brownsville Battles Graffiti Problem


POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:16pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 8:21am

Graffiti has been a huge problem for parks in Brownsville since city officials can remember. But in recent years, City Parks and Recreation Director, Chris Patterson, says the city has seen a decline on the tagging.

"In the 11 years I’ve been here, this is the best it's been as far as not seeing as much."

Patterson says battling the tagging is a joint effort. The employees constantly go to the 31 parks throughout the city to inspect for any new graffiti.

The historic battlefield trail is a nine-mile trail on Paredes Line Road. City workers were here just over a month ago repainting graffiti. We visited the same spot workers repainted and well, as you can see, they'll have to come back again and repaint. Patterson says taggers don't waste time in making their marks.

"It doesn't matter how much you get it down, it's going to happen and this is one of the areas that happens a lot."

The city has plenty of paint stocked up. Luckily for the Parks and Recreations Department, painting over graffiti isn't so costly but over time, Patterson says, it does add up.

"It can. With just a little bit of paint, the whole thing, you can see it, the whole thing costs a lot to paint it, pressure wash. After a while, it piles up on you."

Painting over tags is already a big problem but when gang symbols are sprayed painted at several parks, park goers tend to be a bit wary of going.

"It makes people unsafe, you know, when they're running down here. That’s one of the biggest reasons we like to take it down. It represents that, okay, there are gangs or there is trouble."

The city needs your help in battling this graffiti problem. If you see any graffiti at any park, you're urged to call the park and recreations line at: (956) 542-2064.

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