Vandalism at Regatta boathouse concerns rowing association president
For the second time in just a few days Harold Clarke, president of the Labrador West Rowing Association, has arrived at the boathouse on Jean Lake to discover vandalism at the sight.
“It’s not a good feeling,” Clarke told the Aurora. “A lot of people work hard and volunteer to keep the facility in good shape, so we have a top notch facility.”
The boathouse is the nerve center for the Labrador West Regatta, where rowers gather when they practice, and on race day. As well, it’s the storage space for the rowing shells and related equipment.
Clarke says in the first act of vandalism somebody took a number of barrels, and five very heavy anchors and threw them into the water. They were able to retrieve the equipment. The most recent incident included the side of the building sprayed with graffiti.
“It wasn’t a lot, but it’s still unsightly, and someone will probably have to remove it somehow,” he told the Aurora.
What worries Clarke is what lies ahead.
“Could there be more, and even more serious, vandalism?” he questions, and he is also concerned that there is another facility close by.
The association’s floating dock was recently removed for the winter and Clarke says they took extra precautions to protect it.
As the association prepares for the closing of the building for winter Clarke says they are now considering video security and other measures.
He says the area is used by hikers and others, summer and winter, and he’s asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact police.
“I realize it’s a small few people who make it bad for everybody,” he told the Aurora, “but people should be aware that what they are doing is damaging things that a lot of people have worked hard for in order to make our communities a better place to live.”
Clarke also said anyone found responsible would be charged.
Some drums and anchors surrounding the floating dock were thrown into the lake.