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.