Hubbard addressing vandalism
HUBBARD — Two acts of vandalism to the playground area and restrooms at Mattinat Park / Jones Field have prompted city officials and police to look for who is responsible so charges can be filed.
Fourth Ward Councilwoman Cathy Cummings, who serves on the park / recreation board, told officials at Monday’s council meeting about damage to the playground equipment, including a slide and extensive damage to the restrooms, such as sinks torn off the walls
The park, located off Jones Street, does have security cameras that are being reviewed by police.
“There has been a lot of damage done at Mattinat Park. We keep the restrooms open for people who use the parks and now individuals have gone in there and done tons of damage,” Cummings said.
She said a slide on the playground will need to be replaced and could cost between $10,000 and $20,000.
Damage also was done to bleachers at the ballfields.
“This has been going on and on and just continues to happen,” Cummings said, noting one incident was in August and the other was over Labor Day weekend.
Hubbard officials had vandalism and littering issues in the spring of 2022 at both Mattinat Park and Waugh Park. Mayor Ben Kyle said at the time most of the problems with vandalism and littering were by the basketball courts at Mattinat Park.
“It is very disheartening that people destroy things. This is getting to be ridiculous,” Cummings said.
She said when the individuals responsible are found by police, they will be prosecuted.
“The police have an idea of who is responsible,” she said.
Cummings said people who use the parks will help keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
Anyone with information can call the police or mayor’s office.
Cummings said officials have been in contact with the city’s insurance company to see what will be covered for repair and replacement.
She said equipment will be purchased in 2024.