Trouble with vandals in Victoria
Problems persist with acts of mischief around recreation property
The Victoria Recreation Commission is proud of the projects it has taken on to help the town in recent years. One thing they’re certainly less than pleased about is the acts of people vandalizing property around the ball field and neighbouring recreation centre. The group’s chairwoman is asking parents in the community to talk with their kids about what’s happening.
They’ve tried again and again to put a stop to all the monkey business going on around the ball field and neighbouring recreation centre in Victoria.
But when the skies turn dark, that’s when the trouble starts. This supremely annoys members of the Victoria Recreation Commission.
“We’re not sure what’s going on, but we’re just trying to get the message out for parents to speak to their kids, because I’m not saying it’s one particular group or not,” commission chairwoman Holly Parsons told The Compass. “There has been a lot of teenagers hanging out there.”
Three times they had to replace the lock bolt on a makeshift gate for the E.R. Clarke Memorial Ball Field. Spindles have been deliberately removed from the wheelchair ramp.
A volunteer returning some bats following a recent tournament found beer bottle glass all over the front steps of the centre, with chunks taken out of the building’s siding. A sign notifying users that no bikes are allowed in the area was stolen.
“It looked like someone was throwing rocks at (the building), maybe,” said Parsons.
The gate was added to curb drug use at the field. Acts of vandalism became a more common cause for concern after it was set up.
“We have done some major renovations over the past five or six years, and it’s very frustrating when your efforts are … certainly not appreciated and someone is counteracting what you are doing,” said Parsons. “We’ve put a lot of time into it.”
The area in question is somewhat hidden from general view.
“The area that it’s in is kind of hidden, because it’s down behind all the houses and there isn’t much lighting,” said Parsons. “So it really is a prime place for mischief.”
The commission actively works to improve what Victoria can offer it’s residents when it comes to recreation, with the town council offering plenty of support as needed.
“We’ve had a lot of government grants, and it’s frustrating when everyone’s not on the same page.”
A metal gate will be installed in front of the park, with other repairs to come as time permits.
“We can’t keep taking from our town workers to do little things like this,” said Parsons. “It’s really not necessary.”
We’re not sure what’s going on, but we’re just trying to get the message out for parents to speak to their kids, because I’m not saying it’s one particular group or not.
Above: Rock may have been thrown at the side of the recreation centre in Victoria.
Left: Vandals recently knocked out spindles on this wheelchair ramp.
Locks for the gate at the ball field in Victoria have been vandalized three times in the last little while.