Officials with the Town of Port Hawkesbury say they’ve been dealing with vandalism at the Port Hawkesbury Community Park.
Terry Doyle, the town’s chief administrative officer, says there has been a spike in vandalism in the area in September.
Doyle tells The Hawk the damage has been minor so far.
“It’s fairly simple- the damage (is) to the interior, to the drywall, to the washrooms,” he says. “We’ve had to take off toilets from the floor to clean out sewer drains, we’ve had to repair drywall, we’ve had to repair doors.”
Doyle says the damage seems to occur at night.
He says they’ll consider how their counterparts in other municipalities deal with washroom vandalism.
Doyle says there will not be an investigation, but they will take steps to secure the area.
“I don’t think it was to that extent- we’ve just seen repeated incidents, then a recent incident,” he says. “There was a fair amount of drywall damage and other damage in a washroom- it’s been getting worse over the last three weeks, so we are looking at what we could do in the future.”
Doyle says public washrooms usually present problems, because they are closed facilities.
He says town officials will start closing the park washrooms at 4 p.m. for the rest of the season.
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