Iroquois Park hit by vandals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Criminals left nasty messages on the Iroquois Park playground, and damaged a nearby bathroom -- and now, police are determined to find the suspects responsible.
On Monday afternoon, Iroquois Park was filled with walkers, runners and frisbee golfers.
Matthew Castle meets his friends at the park about once a week to play a quick round of "frolf." We showed him a picture of some recent vandalism, something he says is pretty common.
"It doesn't really surprise me," Castle said. "There are a bunch of kids who come in here and do whatever they want."
The extent of the damage got a lot of attention online. Louisville Metro Parks posted a picture to its Facebook page, and hundreds of people had something to say about it.
"It's hard to come and explain to your little kid what's this, or why can't we use the bathroom, and what happened to the water fountain?" said Marty Storch, assistant parks director.
Pictures of the nasty messages someone left behind can be viewed by clicking on the video player above.
People spray painted slides and benches throughout the playground, and cut holes through the sunshades.
But the graffiti is the least of the damage.
"When someone takes and intends to rip a water fountain that weighs well over 100 lbs. out of the ground, that takes a lot of effort," said Storch. "And then, [to] take it into the restroom and then demolish the restroom...it's just senseless."
A quick look at the aftermath paints a depressing picture. The biggest cost is an ornate water fountain, worth about $8,000. Metro Parks estimates the total cost of the damage at $10,000 -- but they say it's not just about the money. It's the blatant disrespect.
"It's malicious," Storch said. "I don't know what people get out of that."
And it hurts the people who come to Iroquois Park and enjoy everything it has to offer.
"Whoever is doing it should stop, because it's not right," said Daniel Fabulic, a park user. "We all need a park to enjoy to run and it's just wrong. We all need to share the park."
Metro Parks turned to Facebook for help, sparking community concern. The criminal acts happened sometime on March 18.
If you have any information, contact police.
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