Vandals hit Pioneer Park

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City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation certified arborist Tom Keown cuts broken limbs off a vandalized tree in Pioneer Park Thursday morning. Along with tearing up multiple flower beds and damaging many other trees, all limbs on this 5-10 year old tree were broken over night forcing Keown to cut it down completely. Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Parks & Recreation certified arborist Tom Keown frowns as he cuts down a tree in Pioneer Park after vandals tore through the park breaking multiple trees and limbs, tearing up flower beds, flipping picnic benches and turning over trash cans. Vandals even broke limbs on a memorial tree (background right) but Keown is hopeful it will survive. Thursday, August 5, 2010

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With help with the rest of his coworkers, Parks & Recreation arborist Tom Keown (left) works to clean-up Pioneer Park this morning after vandals tore through the park overnight tearing up flower beds, flipping picnic tables and trash cans, and breaking multiple sapling trees and branches. Thursday, August 5, 2010

Vandals who struck Pioneer Park late Wednesday or early today caused an estimated $5,000 in damage, city police reported today. Fifteen recently planted trees were destroyed as were numerous flower beds.

Picnic tables were overturned and garbage cans emptied, said police spokesman Tim Bennett. Police and Jim Dumont, city parks and recreation director, said there was no indication of gang involvement. "It looks like kids being really malicious," Dumont said.

Police ask anyone with information to call detectives at 527-4434. Above, Parks & Recreation certified arborist Tom Keown frowns as he cuts down a tree in the park. Vandals even broke limbs on a memorial tree (background right) but Keown is hopeful it will survive.

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