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Tot Park at Memorial Park Vandalized Friday Night

Memorial Park has been vandalized. I arrived at Memorial Park this morning to find many toys smashed to bits and tiny, sharp broken pieces of plastic everywhere. It was heartbreaking. The park is not currently safe for children to play in until we can organize a clean up team. We need volunteers today for the cleanup. Also, if anyone has any toys to donate, we could use some to replace what has been destroyed. We called the police this morning to file a report, but they had already been alerted last night. We took photo documentation of the damage as well.

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Comment by Melissa Dunn on September 29, 2011 at 7:22pm
@Wendy, the Wee Play page on FB says that a cleanup at the Tot park has been organized for Tuesday, Oct. 4th, from 10:00 - 1:00 "fixing, cleaning, sweeping, weeding, cutting down and moving plants, assessing any remaining damage and getting the playground & garden ready for the winter"  and "If you can make it, bring garden gloves and a rake!" I know some parents have requested future clean up days to include weekends so more people can participate.
Comment by Wendy Sharon Gross Alexander on September 29, 2011 at 6:26pm

When would be a good time to get together to do a clean up? I am a teacher so weekends are better.


By the way...

If someone else wants to organize a cleanup of a different park, I'll come to that too. Instead of complaining that other parks are getting attention, get off your butt and change it. 

Comment by Melissa Dunn on September 25, 2011 at 10:54am
P.S. Rose, a kitchenette would be great, as one of those (sadly, dropped of only a couple weeks ago) had to be thrown out yesterday. There is one work bench at the park, but it is a very popular toy (a real kid magnet), so another would be welcome I am sure!
Comment by Melissa Dunn on September 25, 2011 at 10:52am
To those of you who want to donate, you can just drop things off at the Tot Park. Thanks to everyone who came out to clean up yesterday and to those of you who have donated.
Comment by Rose Leo Kish on September 25, 2011 at 10:19am
I have outdoor play toys (kitchenette, workbench, etc) to donate as well.
Comment by Amy Brosey on September 25, 2011 at 9:53am
Where can we drop off toy donations?
Comment by Preach It on September 25, 2011 at 9:22am
What is sad it the condition the South Avenue parks. Broken bottles, crack bags and empty condom wrappers. But I guess no one cares about that as long as the "tots" have their play pen of toys. Sad.

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