Some DeKalb residents are outraged after they discovered someone vandalized their neighborhood park.
"It's very upsetting because these are trees and these don't grow very fast. These are 150-250 year-old trees some of them," Dorsey McBride told Channel 2's Erica Byfield, who saw spray paint on several trees and park benches.
On Sunday morning, McBride said his wife discovered the vandalism at Brownwood Park, near Ormewood and Gresham avenues, and then raced home to tell him about it.
"This is a very amateurish attempt to disfigure what is natural beauty," McBride said.
The couple called police after finding four spray cans in their neighbor's front yard and a pile of pens.
By the time Channel 2 Action News arrived, the paint was gone, but the pens were still there. The couple's frustration, meanwhile, continues to linger, after noting the benches can be scrubbed and painted, but restoring the trees is a bigger challenge.
"You can't scrub a tree. If you try to scrub the bark on the tree, you are opening wounds for insect infestation, fungal infestation, things like that," McBride said. "So any attempt to clean a tree actually does more than just leaving it there."
No word yet on the person responsible for vandalizing the park.