Phallic symbol, lewd language graffitied on Milwaukee County park playground prompts concern

MILWAUKEE -- A phallic symbol along with other inappropriate graffitied messages remain at Humboldt Park right where children play. 

Joyce Shayhorn works at an elementary school right across from the park. She said many of her students are forced to see the graffiti each day and she’s doesn’t understand why someone would deface the property. 

“It’s awful," Shayhorn said.  "But it’s awful in all the neighborhoods. Most of the kids that go [to the school] live [in the area], they have to see it walking through the park from going home and people don’t care about that."

A picture was shared on Facebook Sunday of children playing next to the graffitied phallic symbol. On Monday, the symbol appeared less visible, but the faded graffiti still has Brian Schweinert hoping things in the Bay View area change for the better. 

“People are just getting tired of it," Schweinert said. "A lot of people have had enough, they want their neighborhood back and it’s time to get the neighborhood back."

A Milwaukee County Parks spokesperson sent the following statement to TODAY'S TMJ4 Monday afternoon regarding this incident:

"Our operations team at Humboldt was able to remove some of the graffiti using solvents and will return to the playground on Tuesday to paint over the remaining graffiti. Our operations teams regularly inspect parks property for graffiti and vandalism and we also appreciate reports from the public when they find damage. They can call us at (414) 257-PARK to report anything they find."

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