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Greenville's Vanderbilt park vandalized, surprising officials

Oct 16, 2022 12:45 am

Melanie Lekocevic reports for Capital Region Independent Media that a recent wave of vandalism at Vanderbilt Town Park in Greenville left park benches suspended 10 feet above the ground and picnic tables standing on end against the playground slides. “We had additional vandalism in the park over the last couple of days,” Town Supervisor Paul Macko said on October 13. “Someone took all the picnic tables and stacked them up on top of the swing set. I don’t know how they did it.” The vandalism was discovered by town board member Richard Bear last week when he went to the park to check on an unrelated project. State police are investigating, Bear said. The park furniture is made of solid wood and is quite heavy. “We were very surprised — we were shocked,” Bear said. “We couldn’t believe they could get them that high in the air. They are very heavy. ...One of the benches was broken on the bottom and one of the tables had a board that was broken, but it’s all been repaired and put back in the park,” he said. Several park signs were also vandalized. Macko said, “And a bunch of kids had a report card burning party on the nature trail. A woman tried to put out the fire and had to call the fire department.” Macko said the troopers are talking to a few kids because some of the report cards failed to burn fully, so names were left visible. Read the full story at TheUpStater [dot] com.