Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 11, 2012

Leaving an ugly mark

Vandals hit popular park with graffiti

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Coleman Park was damaged by graffiti over the weekend, according to Athens Police Department reports.

APD Lt. Michael Davis said unknown individuals hit several areas of the park, leaving spray paint on buildings and signs. Markings were also found on the brick monument structure at the entrance of the park. Many of the writings contained the word Zion, which is the name of a popular brand of skateboard.

“A lot of it was to the main concession stand and the soccer concession stand,” Davis said.

APD received a call shortly after 1 p.m. Monday reporting the damage. Officer James Graham went to the park, located on E. College Street, and spoke to a city worker about the damage. The employee, Richard Bell, told Graham the graffiti was probably left there over the weekend.

Davis said graffiti is usually the work of 10- to 22-year-olds and is likely to have been left by teenagers. The warm weekend weather was ideal for out-of-school youths to get into mischief. Davis said the Coleman Park damage was similar to recent graffiti reports across the city.

On Monday, APD also answered a call about graffiti at Allen Insurance Agency in the 600 block of East Corsicana. Between $50 to $500 damage was reported in that incident. A resident in the 400 block of E. Corsicana also reported graffiti written on a sign with a black, permanent marker.