Vandals Strike Tucson Mountain Park

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A beloved park, rich in Tucson history and stunning views, is the latest victim of vandalism.

Tucson Mountain Park, situated just west of the city, boasts a 1930s-era historic stone building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. 

The interior of the building is now covered with graffiti- the work of vandals who spray painted vulgar words and depictions. Parts of the exterior have also been defaced with bright blue paint.

While incidences of graffiti are unfortunately becoming more common, it’s still difficult for many to process the damage and disrespect to an historic site like this. The building sits less than a quarter-mile from a parking lot atop Gates Pass, where visitors can take in the sights and learn about the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This organization provided crucial jobs during the Great Depression, and performed valuable work on public lands- a rich history that’s fallen victim to graffiti artists.

Tucson Mountain Park is part of the county’s park system, which has needed to remove graffiti multiple times- an expensive process, especially when vandals often strike again within a few weeks.

Photo: Visit Tucson

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