SPOKANE, Wash. - You might assume more people downtown would mean more trouble. City Park officials say, though, big events like Hoopfest actually reduce vandalism significantly.
Riverfront Park’s Facilities Foreperson Dave Randolph says on a typical day, when there is no big event going on, his staff spend two to sixteen hours a day cleaning up vandalism such as graffiti.
According to Randolph, Hoopfest seems to deter would-be vandals.
"Even though we have supplies and other things out and in the park, we have had virtually no vandalism in the park during those days and nights and it's because of the public presence, the security presence, and people don't feel comfortable coming down and doing the vandalism."
Randolph said because of reduced vandalism, the city’s Parks Department actually saves money during big events such as Hoopfest and Pig Out in the Park.