Vandals defacing popular Wichita nature park

The Great Plains Nature Center is cleaning up after someone sprayed graffiti on the sidewalks, boardwalks and even some of the signs.

Vandals defaced the Great Plains Nature Center. (Photo: KSN/Ashley Arnold)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita attraction is dealing with a lot of graffiti lately. Some of it can be chalked up to old school spray-painting, But, some city park officials are spotting signs of a popular trend that’s putting people – and vandals – on the go.

For much of Thursday morning, city employees were at the Great Plains Nature Center doing clean up duty after someone came through on Monday night or Tuesday morning and sprayed graffiti on the sidewalks, boardwalks and even some of the signs.

“It was quite a bit of damage that was done to the sidewalks, the boardwalks, a lot of the interpretive signs that are out here and so the extent of damages was concerning to us,” said Greg Olmer with the City of Wichita.

The graffiti ranged from names to what looks like references to Pokemon Go.

“Our first thoughts were oh no, we have such a nice place for people to come out and visit and participate in nature and be active and somebody wanted to try to vandalize the park,” said Lori Jones with the Great Plains Nature Center.

For now, most of what’s left behind are clean spaces since the city made getting to the park a priority.

“They’re out here sand blasting the sidewalks to get rid of the spray paint, they’re addressing the board walks as well, which will be a bit longer of project for them, but the dollar amount is still being figured,” said Olmer.

Officials from the city say this is an open investigation so they’re asking anyone who may have any tips on who vandalized the part to get in touch with police or call Crime Stoppers. That number is 267-2111.

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