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Crews clean up vandalism in Hooker Oak Park

Happening today, clean-up efforts are underway at this hour in a local park that was targeted by vandals.

Posted: Mar 8, 2020 2:02 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 12:52 PM

UPDATE: 12:44 p.m. Monday, March 9 - Clean-up efforts are underway in a local park that was targeted by vandals.

Park-goers discovered the vandalism when they arrived at Hooker Oak Park in Chico over the weekend, graffiti and spraypaint were splattered on signs, the ground, and playground equipment. 

Monday morning, crews with the City of Chico and CARD descended on the park to clean the area. 

Voters recently denied Measure A, which asked for more funding for CARD. 

CARD now has a task to figure out funding to put security measures in place for the park. 

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CHICO, Calif. - People in Chico say they're upset after a popular park was targeted by vandals over the weekend. 

If you’re driving near Hooker Oak Avenue you can’t miss the black and orange graffiti painted all over the park signs, benches, sidewalks and play structures.

Reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with one mother who stopped by the park with her kids on Sunday.

Lena Hill says she visits the park once a week and was disappointed to see this. “I noticed a lot of black, red and orange graffiti, it’s a bummer that people want to put their mark on something that’s not for them to put their mark on. I’m bummed because we like to come to this park and it’s not fun for the kids to see and not fun for us to see," Hill said. 

Tom Lando, from Chico, also stopped by Sunday morning with his children.

"I was really shocked and frustrated. It's a beautiful place and we take our kids here all the time. People have usually treated this park so well, I was surprised anyone would bother to do it," Lando said.  

Action News Now reached out to the Chico Police Department, they say they are aware of the issue. 

They add that they don't see vandalism at Hooker Oak Park very often.

Chico Police officials say they have contacted the Public Works Department and say it is a C.A.R.D Park and they are responsible for getting it cleaned up.

Action News Now reached out to C.A.R.D. to see if they are aware of the issue but have not heard back yet.

According to the Chico Police Online Crime Map, there have been 34 reports of vandalism in Chico in the last 30 days.

To view the Online Crime Map, CLICK HERE. 

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