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Monday, March 16, 2015

Andrew Yarborough: Teen Charged With Vandalizing Dolores Park

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Prosecutors today slapped 18-year-old Andrew Yarborough with multiple counts of vandalism after he was arrested last week on suspicion of trashing Dolores Park with his excessive graffiti. 

Authorities say Yarborough was busted Thursday at Dolores Park with a bag of spray paint; he was reportedly "admiring his own handiwork," KTVU reports. Police believe he's the source of the prolific tagging found up and down Market Street, all the way to Treasure Island over the last month. 

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon filed 10 felony counts of vandalism, 19 misdemeanor counts of vandalism, and one misdemeanor count for possessing graffiti tools against Yarborough.  “We are thankful for District Attorney Gascon, and Police Chief Suhr and their teams’ dedication and hard work in holding vandals accountable for damaging our parks,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “Our parks are sacred public space for all to enjoy, San Franciscans deserve the rights to safe and clean parks.”

Vandalism has been an ongoing problem at the popular park, where more than 3,700 people visit on an average Saturday; that includes excessive littering, trampling plants, trashed restrooms, graffiti and smashed booze bottles and used needles

As of now, the park is getting a $20 million renovation paid for with the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, which will buy repairs to the courts, field, and play area; restoration of existing roads and pathways; upgrades to subsurface infrastructure, irrigation and lighting, modifications to the site to remove barriers and improve accessibility; overall reconditioning of the park landscape. In addition, building changes include removing the existing restroom building and the two storage containers as well as the construction of three new buildings.  
The construction of the north side of the Park began in March 2014, and was scheduled to reopen in April, 2015. However, due to a $100,000 vandalism incident in mid-February the north side construction is now delayed pending construction progress. South side of the Park is expected to begin construction once the north side construction is completed and reopened.
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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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