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Park Ranger Volunteer Program to Combat Graffiti in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A new city park ranger volunteer program is starting in Richland to help combat graffiti.

The Park and Recreation Department in Richland says removing graffiti as soon as an area is tagged will help prevent more tagging and will also help push gangs out of the area.

That's why staff need volunteers to be the eyes and ears of the department. With over 60 parks in Richland, staff simply can't cover all the parks on a daily basis.

Recreation Program Director Laurel Strand says some graffiti can stay in places for weeks before someone reports it allowing gangs to stake their territory. "By doing the abatement and getting it out of there right away, it sends a clear message to the gangs or to whomever is out there doing it, that it's just not accepted," said Strand.

Apart from reporting graffiti, park rangers would also help educate park users on park polices, encourage trail courtesy and help make the parks a safer place to be.

If you'd like to volunteer, contact the Richland Parks and Recreation Department or Jen Wheeler at 942-7702 or email her at