Darren Doyle, story:
Parks and Rec Program Administrator Greg Hudson said the park was dealing with some vandalism at HWY 70 park with broken bathroom doors and some field damage that happened Sunday on field 2. Hudson said that multiple people had tried to play on the field while the ground was far too wet.
Deep footprints, tracks, and pits around home plate will have to be repaired as soon as it's dry enough to do so, according to Hudson. He also said there was damage at the pitcher's mound. "Most people don't think much about footprints, but we've already been working on the fields as the season had already begun," he said. "These deep footprints dry and they have to be leveled back out. The area around home plate now has huge pits and the mound will need extensive repair. There's a reason we don't allow people on the field when the ground is wet. You can hurt yourself and damage the field."
He said no practices had been scheduled for Sunday, so the field useage came from someone other than a league team.
Hudson said at least for now, Field 2 will be locked from the public's use until further notice. Youth baseball league coaches and their teams under supervision, board members, and Parks and Rec employees will be the only ones with access to the field.
The bathrooms at HWY 70 near field 3 (the hill) have broken bathroom doors and Hudson said someone had used the bathroom in spite of there being no water service at the time. It was an incident that he described as very messy and someone at the park has to clean it up and repair the doors.
"We hate to keep the public from using our facilities, but if the public abuses them, we have no choice," said Hudson. "We don't have a line in our budget for vandalism. When something like this happens, we have to take funding from somewhere else in order to pay for it, and it's funding we don't have."