A major incident of vandalism has cost the Department of Recreation upwards of $5,000-$7,000, and threatened the running of this weekend’s Atlantic mosquito baseball championship.
Three weeks ago the washroom facilities at Gateway Park were vandalized – as in trashed.
Reporting on the incident at council’s regular meeting on Thursday, Sept 12, Councillor Danny MacIsaac said the money needed to get the facilities up and running in advance of this weekend’s championship, had to come from the department’s program budget.
“This is money that won’t be available now for recreational programs this fall,” he said.
“We have a problem here with vandalism,” he said, referring to recurring incidents around town.
“Fixtures have been ripped right off the ceiling, urinals off the walls, doors smashed, windows broken,” he said.
In another incident a fire was set in the Veterans Field bathroom.
“It’s lucky that it was a cement structure, because if it wasn’t it would have burnt down,” he said.
“If there is anybody out there who has any information about this or witnessed this being done, please call Crimestoppers. This has gotta stop. It’s just got to stop,” said MacIsaac.