Iroquois Park North Overlook hit by vandals less than 2 months after opening
Park officials say it happened on Sunday afternoon and was cleaned up the very next day.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Less than two months after the North Overlook opened at Iroquois Park, it was hit by vandals.
On Sunday afternoon in broad daylight, park officials say two vandals spray painted white markings on the North Overlook stone bench. That area of Iroquois Park has only been open for 47 days after receiving a $1.4 million upgrade.
“It hurts, when you think about the damage, when people just maliciously just take and act out for no reason," said Metro Parks Assistant Director Marty Storch. "They're starting to impact negatively on what so many people waited so long to have happen."
The graffiti was cleaned the very next day at a cost of $500 .
“There's a little bit of a scar, but over time, that scar will heal,” Storch said.
But more than the money, he says it’s about respecting the community.
“We're not going to let a broken window sit, that's for sure,” Storch said. “And we want people to know that's not what this community really is about.”
As for the pricey security camera that was installed during construction, there is a person who monitors the footage and can talk to visitors, but that only happens once the sun goes down.
“It's about being up here after hours and alerting people to let them know that you are being monitored,” Storch said.
Storch says he's now waiting for the surveillance images from the security company to be sent to police. He’s also hoping to get police to patrol the overlook area more frequently to deter criminal activity.
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