Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Joe Cole Park Vandalized
All Photos by Robert Mann-Thompson
The following story comes from a reader and neighbor:
On Sunday, a pee-wee football league that now practices at Joe Cole Park (1200 Morse Street), showed up for practice and found the gates locked. Instead of turning away when they found the gates locked (the park is brand new, as are the gates), they took it upon themselves to break into the park. In doing so, they did what appears to be over a thousand dollars in damage to the gate. They ripped the metal gate from the concrete, and bent the metal so severely that the gate had to be removed.
I'm told that no one saw them rip up the gate, but that once an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner showed up with her official placard display on her vehicle (and called MPD) they quickly fled the premises.
I cannot say for sure that these parents were the guilty party, but neighbors seem to strongly lean that way. At any rate, someone clearly vandalized the gate. It's an expensive repair, and it leaves the previously gated park open to drug dealers, or any other comers, after hours.