Vandals hit parks in Arlington costing city thousands for repairs

Vandals hit parks in Arlington costing city thousands for repairs

ARLINGTON, TN (WMC) - Underneath the slide at Mary Alice Park in Arlington you can still see some of the graffiti left behind by vandals.

The graffiti is from about a month ago and the city today is saying the vandalism continues at parks around the city.

Through the eyes of a one year old there are endless places to play and explore at Mary Alice Park.

Little Eli Hunt took his first trip down the slide there.

Eli now has to play around graffiti at Mary Alice Park, the first park to be hit in a string of vandalisms.

Damage, city officials say, that's cost close to $5,000.

The destruction to the playground hits home for Steve Shaw who lives next door to the park.

"I help build all of this," Shaw said. "Why do you do that? What sense does it make? Keep your spray can at home."

After hitting Mary Alice Park, someone used spray paint to draw on the ground of the new Forrest Street Park.

Chemicals used to remove the paint damaged the rubber ground cover that now has to be replaced.

Over the weekend trash cans at the sports complex were turned over, food was stolen from the concession stand, and a door was damaged.

Forrest Street Park was also struck again when someone poured sand into bathroom sinks and filled toilets with paper towels and chip bags.

The city had to flush the sewer lines.

"They ain't got no life. Get a life and stop doing all of this," Shaw said.

No suspects have been named or caught.

The city is installing security cameras at the parks to combat the crime.

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