By Gord Bowes, News staff
Two days after a successful Super Saturday event at Gilkson Park, volunteers arrived at a snack booth to find vandals had struck.
“We opened the door and the room was filled with smoke,” said Craig Blondin, treasurer of the Gilkson Community Association.
Along with setting a fire, the vandals broke locks, smashed the cash register for the $50 float, stole candy and cans of pop and other items. What wasn’t stolen was damaged by smoke and had to be thrown away, said Blondin. “They destroyed the inside of that room.”
Total loss and damage was about $400.
He said the vandals may have been looking for money from the June 7 Super Saturday. The association raised over $2,000 and was taken to the bank that night.
Blondin said in light of that incident and other vandalism, the association is asking area residents to do what they can to keep an eye on the park.
Tennessee Propedo, the city’s manager of parks, said whenever there is a rash of problems at a location, police are notified so they can step up enforcement. Residents also have to play a role and call police if they see anything suspicious or hear noise in a park late at night.