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Stanley Park cracking down on trespassing and graffiti

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A crackdown is underway on trespassing and graffiti at Westfield's very popular Stanley Park.

Surveillance video obtained by Western Mass News shows a group of people dancing and drawing with sidewalk chalk on the ground.

There's a question about whether or not sidewalk chalk can be considered graffiti.

The police department said not really, but to Stanley Park, the answer is yes.

"We just want them to respect the park," said Stanley Park managing director Robert McKean.
In surveillance video obtained by Western Mass News, you can see a group of people dancing, running around, and drawing with sidewalk chalk.

It happened between 3 and 4 a.m. last week at Stanley Park, which is located just across the street from Westfield State University.
"It's somewhat damage to the park as it is.  Yes, it's gonna wash away, we understand that, but it could have been anything.  It could have been paint, it could have been anything else like that," McKean noted.

However, it wasn't.  It was sidewalk chalk, McKean said. 
"We want our young adults to have fun and have a good time,  but come and do it when it's the right time or the right hours," McKean added.
The park closes at 8 p.m and as a private park, you cannot trespass.

A spokesperson for the Westfield Police Department said that they don't focus on sidewalk chalk.
"I don't consider it as vandalism," said Westfield State student Brandon Leclair.
It isn't clear who these people are or if they attend school nearby.
"We just wanted to make sure that people were safe and our animals were safe as well," McKean said.

In addition to the chalk, McKean said that there was also some litter left behind, including a substance similar to silly string.

McKean added that he just wanted to get the word out to the community and has no plans to file a police report.

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