Graffiti - not the good kind
According to a post on the Duke Park list serv, this gang related graffiti on the Duke Park handball court was reported to Durham One-Call on Saturday afternoon. At 6:30 Monday night, it was still around.
Which actually raises the question - how long is the handball court going to remain in the park? It's another long lasting example of Durham Parks and Recreation's inability to hear what its customers are saying. During the charette process following the 1996 bond issue, when Parks and Rec met with Duke Park and other interested city residents to decide how to renovate the park, there was virtually no constituency for the handball court. Majority interest favored converting it to tennis. But Parks and Rec got it into their heads that there were enough tennis courts in town, and Duke Park deserved something better.
Well, of course, Parks and Rec blew through all of the budgeted funds for the park renovation on a swell new playground, and no additional funds are anywhere in the budget for a future redo of the handball court.
So i guess we'll just continue to use maintenance funds cleaning up the inevitable graffiti and other messes.
Let's hope new Parks and Rec Director Rhonda Parker has some better ideas about how her department can serve its constituents.
UPDATE: The graffiti had been removed by 5pm on Tuesday, 5/22.
Labels: Duke Park