What started out as the breaking of windows in the cow palace at Forest Park escalated Tuesday after park officials discovered graffiti in ladies restroom.
"I'm very upset," Jeffries said. "The anger is from not understanding why. What kick do they get out of this?
"I would like to know what is causing this. The last two years, vandalism has been at a minimum."
The graffiti was found in the restrooms at the Comfort Station, located near Roy Brann Stadium and the walking track of the park.
Park Supt. Bill Houck said graffiti has been painted in various places of the park before.
Park officials took the necessary steps to alleviate the vandalism a couple of years ago by beefing up security. However, because the park board is under budget constraints, security is minimal now.
"We're in a Catch-22," Jeffries said.
Brazil City Police Department Reserves have started foot patrols in the park and Houck said he comes to the park during the weekend to check. As well, Jeffries said park board officials are still interested in having volunteers help with the situation.
"It's the defacing of property," City Police Chief Dave Archer said.
Archer said he did not believe the graffiti was gang-related.
"It's something they've seen and they are emulating," he said.
Park Board member Todd Brackman said the board has considered its options regarding security, including placing video cameras. But with a limited budget, the board realizes that may not be feasible.
"It's an issue when you have to spend money and the budget has been cut," Archer added.
Jeffries said she has received phone calls from several city residents regarding the vandalism.
"A lot of people are very angry about what is going on," she said.
The Park Board is still offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of those involved in the vandalism.