BlackburnNews.com file photo. Tecumseh Skateboard Park.

Vandals strike Tecumseh skate park

The Tecumseh Skate Park behind Town Hall is temporarily closed after it was vandalized Sunday night.

The town is cleaning up the graffiti and will protect the skate park from future incidents.

“To say we are disappointed is an understatement,” said Gary McNamara, mayor of Tecumseh. “We are outraged that a community amenity residents requested in our parks plan, has been damaged by the act of individuals with no respect. The skate park is a popular location that provides safe and screen free outdoor fun for so many of our young residents. Now they are being punished as a result of individuals who disrespected and damaged this park. This is unacceptable as my council colleagues and I have zero tolerance for these acts.”

The skate park was built in 2012. On average, 40 to 50 people use it each day.

Fencing has been placed around the skate park and provincial police have stepped up patrols.

“We are hopeful that when the park reopens, it is treated with respect,” said Paul Anthony, director of parks and recreation. “We thank the users who do so already and hope that they help us in the future to protect this park and all recreational facilities in Tecumseh.”

Police are investigating the incident to find and charge whoever is responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.