Occupy Denver: Parks and Rec launches expensive park clean-up, protesters help
"We've seen other general damage and trash in the park, but this is the first time we felt the need to go in immediately," Green says. "I don't think the chalk was something we're concerned about, but this went to the next level. Your heart breaks when you see it because it was all restored last year."
In the meantime, Green says, several Occupy Denver protesters have volunteered to assist in the clean-up process, and none of the maintenance workers have reported any problems with the group. "Our park rangers have gone down there periodically and haven't had any problems," Green says. "They've been greeted kindly and with requests to help out and clean the park."
Courtesy of Parks and Recreation maintenance crew Another photo from the site.
The department did, however, report the tagging to the Denver Police Department's graffiti investigation team, if only because the act can come with a criminal mischief charge. The DPD's investigation is ongoing. In the meantime, the main concerns for Public Works and Parks and Rec are the costs of the clean-up and the possible toll on the park.
"On our side, I know we're in the thousands of dollars so far, and we're not done," Green says. "Last year, taxpayers paid $3 million to restore and revitalize it, and it's the heart of the city. Public Works has also been out, and I don't know their totals."
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