Beardsley Boulders Graffiti Removal project

target fundraising goal: $2,500

Total donated in 6 days: $2,698


Graffiti & Graffiti Cover-up Removal 

The Beardsley Boulder Pile, a beloved climbing and recreation area located in North Phoenix, was in dire need of our help! We teamed up with Scott McDaniel from REI and Josh Parnell from City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation to remove graffiti painted on the Beardsley Boulders, as well as removing multiple layers of graffiti cover-up paint (and the many layers of graffiti from all sides of several large boulders). In 6 days, we recieved $2,698 in donations from the community to purchase supplies needed to restore these boulders to their neatural beauty.

Making progress

In February we started the project with cover-up removal testing on the face of Pencil Thin (pictured). This entire boulder, along with many others in the area, was covered on all sides from top to bottom in layers of coverup paint (that's an 8 foot ladder next to the boulder). The first day, we removed most of the first layer of coverup paint. The next day, we went back to remove the graffiti that was underneath the coverup. Unfortunately, we found several additional layers of coverup paint and graffiti, including latex paint, which is more difficult to remove. 


Check out all of the graffiti we have removed so far! 

Photos courtesy of Robert Coonrod

Photos courtesy of Coleman Becker

Photos courtesy of Joey Jarrell

Photos courtesy of Nick Bennett

Photos courtesy of Matt Reinhard

Beardsley Boulders Graffiti Cactus

Beardsley Boulders 'Graffiti Cactus' is once again just a cactus with a little water, gentle brushing, meticulous scraping around the needles, and countless pokes to our fingers. Thank you Scott McDaniel for your help!

If you would like to help fund projects like this, click the Donate button below will link you to PayPal. 

enter 'graffiti' in the special instructions and your donation will go towards a number of upcoming graffiti removal projects in outdoor recreation & wilderness areas