A mile of canyon walls was damaged by graffiti in an Arizona nationwide recreation space, officials mentioned.
Rangers at Glen Canyon discovered and eliminated about 800 sq. ft of graffiti from sandstone canyon walls, park officials mentioned Tuesday on Facebook.
“The canyon walls are virtually covered in graffiti from the shoreline to the boundary with the Navajo Nation – currently a distance of about a mile,” Glen Canyon officials mentioned. “Graffiti – carving, painting, or writing on any manmade or natural feature is unsightly and illegal.”
The course of to take away the graffiti is “painstaking,” park officials mentioned. It begins with a workforce of archaeologists surveying the harm to ensure park officials don’t create extra.
Then officials scrape and brush the walls to attempt to put the sandstone again into its authentic place.
“But we can only do so much,” park officials mentioned. “Perhaps you could help by not doing any graffiti when you come visit.”
Several recreation websites have seen an increase in graffiti and vandalism since the coronavirus pandemic started.
At Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, a big graffiti mural was painted on the aspect of a concrete retaining wall, McClatchy News reported. Nearby Zion National Park in Utah has seen blue spray paint and muddy handprints splattered on sandstone walls, names carved into logs and alcoves, and canyon walls scraped up, park officials mentioned in December.
“No one comes to the park expecting to see graffiti but nearly every day, staff find words and shapes carved, drawn, painted (with mud, dirt, pigment, paint), or scratched on rocks and more recently even carved within moss,” park officials mentioned.
Camp Rock at City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho additionally noticed “the worst case of vandalism in the park’s history,” in response to the Idaho Statesman.
Other parks have seen excessive traffic and crowds, in addition to litter, scattered all through the parks.