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Vandals target trees and destroy wall at the Parklands

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new and very popular park in east Louisville is in clean-up mode after vandalism over the weekend. Someone tore down part of a wall and destroyed two trees at the Parklands of Floyds Fork near Taylorsville Road.

Vandals hit Pope Lick Park sometime over the weekend and the park's director Scott Martin says, even though most of the damage has been cleaned up, it will be costly to repair.

"What hurts the most about it is it was one of our dry laid walls," said Martin.

The wall, he says, was literally built by hand. Each stone laid separately by artisans from Lexington.

“So it doesn't look like a vehicle hit it, our only guess is that they must've taken a sledgehammer," Martin said.

Park staff found the damage early Sunday morning. Slabs of stone were all over the pathway. Glass, likely from beer bottles, was right near the trail. The repair will not be cheap.

"Because it's a piece of art, you actually have to have the artisan come back to fix it," said Martin. He called the damage heartbreaking. "This park is a result of donations and contributions from literally thousands of Louisvillians."

The vandals also targeted two trees, snapping them in half. Their stumps are all that’s left.

Martin says they just want to keep this park beautiful which is why it has a 24-hour policy anytime there's vandalism, it's cleaned up in within the first day."

"If you get right on top vandalism you can diminish a lot of other crimes,” said Martin, “and you always want your park to be clean and well taken care of."

Visitor Evan Whitlow, who’s also in the Boy Scouts, says they’re taught about conservation.

"You want to protect everything so other people can see it and so it's more enjoyable," said Whitlow.

"I think it's maybe somebody who actually hasn't put a tree in the ground,” said Evan’s mom Heidi. “It’s very hard work, or built a fence or built any kind of a wall because it's too much of a job, to destroy someone else’s."

Two weeks ago, Tina Westphal says someone broke her back window in the parking lot stealing her friend's purse.

"She had to go through canceling all her credit cards, her driver’s license, they got her car keys, they've got her house keys, they have her work keys, I mean they have everything."

The park is open from dawn until dusk. There's no main gate to shut at night, but security measures are in place.

"It just takes one jerk, for lack of a better term, to destroy the craft work and the artistry." Martin says they will be replanting both of the trees sometime this fall.

If anyone knows anything about the vandalism, you're asked to call 574-LMPD.

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