Vandalism rampant at Bay Roberts park
Council wants solution to protect property, public
An ongoing vandalism problem at a Bay Roberts park was a hot topic of discussion at last Tuesday’s council meeting.
Towards the end of the meeting, photos were shared showing graffiti on playground equipment, overturned bleachers and benches, drug paraphernalia, and ripped out boards from a picnic area. The photos were taken the previous week at the Community Gardens, a site where Canada Day celebrations and the Halloween Lantern Festival are typically held, among other events.
“It’s certainly disturbing when you look at the graffiti and spray paint,” said Mayor Philip Wood. “Our people are going in constantly repairing it.”
Wood said police have been made aware of the issue and the town’s recreation director is working with the municipal enforcement officer on identifying ways to curb vandalism. Wood said the town employees are checking out the cost of acquiring new cameras with infrared capabilities.
“We’ve had a lot of complaints from residents in near the Community Gardens, because there’s a lot of noise,” said the mayor. “To be honest with you, it’s probably not a nice place to be some of these days, and a lot of people are frightened.”
Other council members echoed the mayor’s concerns during the meeting. Coun. Bill Seymour said he’s spoken with people in the area. He suspects the culprits are young people hanging out in the woods at night.
“Right now, we have to catch them. That’s the only way we’re going to stop them,” he said.
Coun. George Simmons said drugs are obviously fueling these acts of vandalism.
“They’re all local,” he said. “They’re all very young adults.”
Some of the boards the vandals removed were only installed a few days earlier and had not even been painted yet.
Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman said investing in new cameras for the area would be a sound move if it can help catch culprits in the act.
Seymour later cautioned council to avoid letting the acts of a few deter the town from holding events like the Halloween party or Christmas festivities at the Community Gardens. Others agreed.
“Right now, we have to catch them. That’s the only way we’re going to stop them.” — Coun. Bill Seymour
Graffiti on playground equipment at the Community Gardens in Bay Roberts. Council is growing weary of ongoing vandalism at the site.
Boards are shown spread out on the ground next to the picnic area at the Community Gardens in Bay Roberts.
Graffiti stretches across playground equipment at the Community Gardens.