Vandals target historic buildings in Sleeping Giant State Park and cause thousands of dollars in damage

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden is one of the most popular and scenic spots in the state. But lately, nature lovers and hikers aren’t the only ones drawn here.

“We had graffiti issues last month. Every week there’s something being redone here,” park supervisor Jill Scheibenpflug said.

Scheinbenpflug told News 12 that vandals defaced a series of historic structures in the quarry, spray-painted cartoons and foul language.

“They think what they’re doing is art. Well, in some places, I guess it’s art. On a historic building, it’s vandalism,” she said. declared.

Sleeping Giant Park Association, the voluntary organization that helps maintain the park, published an article about the issue on Facebook, write cleaning will cost thousands of dollars. Scheibenpflug said the special solution used to remove the graffiti costs $85 to $95 per gallon and the effort is labor intensive.

“We figured out how to hook our pressure washer to the fire truck which has about 250 gallons, so we do it, and he takes it off. But it’s a lot of work, and it’s a lot of money” , she reiterated.

Those caught are liable for cleanup costs, as well as a fine. Vandals could also face a felony charge as the buildings are historic.

Scheinbenpflug said anyone seeing anything should call park security.

“I wish hikers would at least report it. You know, don’t approach people doing it because… we don’t want confrontations in the woods. But at least report it,” she said. told News 12.

Scheinbenpflug said photos of two young men taken in the most recent act have been turned over to park security.

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