Graffiti drives away park users
For years Mahomets Flats grandparents Joe and Kathleen Slootmans played with their children at Glass Crescent Park, but in recent times they’ve had to seek out alternatives for their 16-month-old granddaughter Bailee.
The park is mainly used by the families inside the small cul-desac, but the grassed area, small play equipment and bench has become such an eyesore the grandparents, who live opposite, have now begun avoiding the park.
Mrs Slootmans said although the graffiti wasn’t pleasant to look at, she became more frustrated as the spray paint and markers used to graffiti constantly rubbed off on to her granddaughter’s clothes and skin when she used the playground.
“We live just opposite to the park, so it would be so easy to wander across the road and use the play equipment but every time we do she gets covered in the horrible stuff used to graffiti,” she said.
“It’s all quite frustrating because it used to be such a beautiful little area, but now even the grass is not very well maintained.
“It’s covered in prickles and is often quite overgrown. Back in the day our own kids used to play with the footy barefoot but now it’s just unsafe because we don’t know what’s lying around.”
The City of Greater Geraldton also expressed frustration after viewing photos of the graffiti in the area.
City chief executive Ken Diehm said he was extremely disappointed and frustrated by the vandalism, but plans were in place to tidy up the area.
“Battling graffiti on playgrounds and other City assets is ongoing and expensive and we share the community’s frustration,” he said.
“This particular playground was installed eight years ago and wasn’t part of the City’s recent replacement of six playgrounds at local parks.
“But the City has just completed a comprehensive external safety inspection of all of its playground equipment and the removal of the graffiti at this location is scheduled to occur prior to June 30.”
City staff mow the grassed area of the park on a two-to-three week cycle, but due to a scheduling error Glass Crescent Park missed one of its mowing cycles.
Grandmother Kathleen Slootmans with granddaughter Bailee, 16 months, is horrified by the standard of the park.