The superintendent of the Lancaster parks and recreation told NBC4 within the last two weeks, he’s seen several cases of vandalism at their parks many of them happening in the same location.
“It’s sad,” said Michael Tharp who Superintendent of Lancaster Parks and Recreation. [It] almost brings you to tears sometimes.”
Someone spray painted racial and derogatory words on the sidewalks and carved other images park tables.
They even took park equipment and threw it into a city pool.
Tharp said his crews spend so much time cleaning up someone else’s mess.
“I have got one guy that’s spent half the day and another guy that’s spent part of his day just on something that probably took someone 15 or 20 minutes to do.”
The mayor of Lancaster, David Scheffler, went to social media calling out whoever is vandalizing the city parks.
Part of his Facebook post reads:
“As citizens we need to address this destructive activity by being alert to and reporting flagrant vandalism and suspicious activity in and around the City’s Parks.”
Lancaster resident Tasha Stout said she has not seen any of the vandalism in person, social media has brought it to her attention.
“It just makes me feel really sad,” said Stout.
She doesn’t like that could be exposed to these kids, but she will try to use this as a teaching moment for her children.
“My son absolutely loves to play, he loves to explore, and when our beautiful parks are destroyed, I don’t want him growing up thinking that’s ok.”
City leaders said if you see someone at or near the park after hours, you should probably contact police.