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Vandalism evident at multiple Dubuque parks

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Some of the graffiti seen at the Mines of Spain State Park Some of the graffiti seen at the Mines of Spain State Park
Damage done to an eagle scout project at Dubuque's Eagle Point Park Damage done to an eagle scout project at Dubuque's Eagle Point Park
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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A turn for the better, weather wise, has gotten lots of people out to Dubuque's parks.  Unfortunately, it's brought some vandals too.

Spray painted rocks can be seen scattered around the Mines of Spain State Park; particularly in the horseshoe bluff area--one of the parks most visited trails.

Park Ranger Wayne Buchholtz said that they've always had to deal with vandalism, but it's never been this bad.

"We've always had some, even back there, or we've had it where they've drawn on one of the picnic tables or carving. But these are pretty big sized images, and being that it's on the limestone, it's difficult to get off," he said.

He said the paint seeps into limestone the way wood stain seeps into wood, which makes it even harder to get out.  He organized a cleanup event earlier this week that saw a half dozen people come out to restore the park's natural beauty.

But the Mines of Spain isn't the only park dealing with vandalism.

Across town at Dubuque's Eagle Point Park, an eagle scout project stands partially ruined--it's ceramic work shattered on the ground in tiny pieces.

Park workers confirmed that happened earlier this spring. 

No matter what park it's at, Buchholtz said seeing things like that affects the experience of the average park goer.

"It makes them mad. There are some that, when I've talked to them on the phone or out there, they're just upset that anyone would even have to think about doing something like that. So it ruins their experience out here," he said.

Buchholtz said they are currently looking for the person or people responsible for the graffiti at the Mines of Spain.  He said he does plan to press charges if they can track them down.

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