Friends of Penn Treaty Park offer reward for arrest of vandal

The Friends of Penn Treaty Park are offering a $500 reward for anyone who has information leading to the arrest of whoever defaced much of the park with graffiti earlier this week – even though an unknown good Samaritan power-washed most of it away sometime today.

“To see it this morning, I was in a state of shock,” Friends of Penn Treaty Park founder Barbara Morehead said this afternoon. “I’ve never seen so much graffiti in my whole life. This was bad.”

Morehead said a friend spotted the vandalism on Tuesday and alerted her, and she then contacted police and Fairmount Park officials, who can properly clean graffiti off stone in historic sites. Power-washing, Morehead said, damages the stone.

The vandalism happened days after the park’s annual fundraiser, Champagne in the Park, which was held Friday.