Police investigate vandalism at public parks

Police investigate vandalism at public parks

KOLOA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kaua'i police and the Department of Parks and Recreation are asking for the public's assistance in finding those responsible for recent vandalism at public parks across the island.

"Our most recent case involves the theft of newly installed AstroTurf at Koloa Ball Park," said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo. "It's incredibly disheartening to see this type of vandalism in our public parks, where our children play."

Park officials believe the theft occurred sometime between the afternoon on Wednesday, July 23rd and the morning of Thursday, July 24th.

A portion of the artificial turf at the playground was cut out and stolen, this after the new surfacing was installed earlier this year as part of an island-wide playground resurfacing project.

This particular playground resurfacing cost the county roughly $11,000 and will cost another $1,400 to replace the damaged portion, and it is unclear at this time when new AstroTurf can be installed.

Back in June, there was another incident where a toilet in the men's restroom at Kapa'a Beach Park was shattered. Officials believe the incident occurred sometime between Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th.

A police report was filed, but there are no leads and the investigation remains ongoing.

Unfortunately, vandalism at public facilities is not uncommon. Sinks, toilets, picnic tables, and seating are repeatedly damaged, and graffiti is another common occurrence, particularly in public restrooms.

"It is out community that ultimately pays the price for these crimes, and it gets to be expensive," said Rapozo. "We are hoping the community can help us in ensuring that those responsible will be  held accountable."

Anyone with information on these or other cases is urged to call Police Dispatch at 808-241-1711, and anonymous tippers can call Crimestoppers at 808-241-1887. 

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