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Help reduce vandalism in city parks
July 02, 2016
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- City officials are asking residents to keep an eye out for any potential acts of vandalism in the city's parks.
Vandalism, not only in those parks but at other city facilities tends to increase in the summer months and this year is no exception.
Some recent examples:
Two months ago, a fire was set to the Hill Park dock, melting the plastic surfacing of the floating dock. The good news is the steel structure underneath was undamaged. Bad news is the cost to you (the taxpayer) to replace the surface material was about $2,000.
Two weeks ago, both doors of the Pilchuck Park restrooms were kicked in and destroyed. The cost to replace the doors and make repairs to the automatic locking mechanism? A not insignificant $4,500 plus the fact the restrooms were out of service for three weeks.
Last week, a fire was lit in the middle of the Avenue A gazebo and the skirting that's around the bottom of the gazebo was destroyed. The material costs to replace the decking and skirting was only a few hundred dollars but the repair work took twenty hours of staff time.
The worst part of the vandalism? Wasted community resources needed to make the repairs.
So you're being asked to do your part to protect your neighborhood and community. If you see suspicious activity, call 911 immediately.