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Vandals Paint Graffiti in McEuen Park

Someone spray painted this sculpture in McEuen Park before being scared away by a security guard. Someone spray painted this sculpture in McEuen Park before being scared away by a security guard.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The on-duty security guard watching McEuen Park Monday night scared away numerous vandals whom trespassed on the construction site and tagged various objects with graffiti.

None of the vandals were caught, but they did create a mess for the city and Contractors Northwest to clean up.

A Project Engineer Brandon Voorhees told KHQ that the incident will not delay the construction or the set dates for park openings, but he was nonetheless frustrated by the ordeal.

"This is really just a big distraction," he said.

Voorhees noted the vandals' message was off base. They tagged "Please Recycle" on a wall in the new dog park. However, the site does recycle. They have a fairly massive container in the middle of the site for recyclable materials.

Voorhees says the site had another incident of graffiti last spring, but that vandal was caught.

The graffiti incident brings McEuen Park back into the spotlight just before a few notable dates for the project.

This weekend, the city will reopen most of Front Avenue, which has been mostly inaccessible since construction began early last year. Dennis Grant, Coeur d'Alene's Projects Manager, says this weekend they expect to open Front Ave between 2nd St and 4th St, and between 6th St and 7th St. Those are the blocks with storefront businesses.

The city will also open an underground portion of the park's new garage next Wednesday in preparation for the city's Thanksgiving festivities Friday.

And with no setbacks, the park is still scheduled to open in May, 2014.

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