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Effort to Save Parks From Vandalism

Posted on 15 January 2013 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—Vandalism has taken a toll on Boone Parks over the years, but after the recent incident that led to closing the skate pond, it seems it more than some people can stand.  The Park Commission over the years has dealt on a regular basis with vandalism, everything from broken fixtures in restrooms to off road vehicles tearing up the former sledding hill.  Over the years, cameras were acquired and installed, some were damaged by vandals, others worked, but were unable to help apprehend those doing damage to public property.  Boone resident Amy Ward attended this week’s Park Commission meeting to talk about the vandalism and to talk about what might be done to help prevent future vandalism.  What started as a discussion about cameras and high traffic areas quickly turned to ideas about raising some money to cover the cost of some of plans.  Mike Cornelis, Boone Parks Superintendent noted that monitoring the parks is not just a short term effort.  He says it will be an ongoing expense and will require support to keep doing things like replacing cameras and other equipment.  Plans are to have a fund raiser on Sunday, January 27th at the Skate Pond from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  With luck and the support of Mother Nature, the Skate Pond could possibly be open.  Very cold weather early next week, might help out.  A Facebook page, “Save our Parks From Vandalism-Boone” has been established to help promote the event.

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