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Facilities in Louisville park damaged by vandals

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Kerin Culver Kerin Culver
Marty Storch Marty Storch
The parts of the vandalized drinking fountain at Iroquois Park. The parts of the vandalized drinking fountain at Iroquois Park.
The damage done to the park restroom (Source: Metro Parks) The damage done to the park restroom (Source: Metro Parks)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Vandals have caused thousands of dollars in damage at a Louisville park. Graffiti is nothing new at the 120 parks in Louisville Metro, but the damage at Iroquois Park was taken to another level. It was so bad that Metro Parks posted it on its Facebook page and it's causing a lot of outrage.

It's troubling to parents when they find out that the place their children enjoy is being destroyed by vandals.

"We come once a week or so," said Kerin Culver. "That's awful that somebody would do that to public property."

Metro Parks shared with WAVE 3 pictures of the damage left behind at the park. The damage included graffiti images and messages that were very graphic. The canopy that keeps the sun blocked was also torn. The worst of the damage was in the restroom.

"When someone takes and actually intends to rip a water fountain that weighs well over 100 pounds out of the ground, that took a lot of effort," said Marty Storch, assistant director at Metro Parks. "To take it into the restroom and demolish the restroom it's senseless."

Storch said the vandalism happened on March 18. The estimated cost of the repairs is $10,000.

"Cost us $8,100 to put a water fountain in," said Storch. "It's not just a fountain, we have to dig up the concrete. We can't go to Home Depot and buy a regular commode. It's a flush mount, a lot more expensive and heavier."

When they do find the persons responsible Storch said they will be prosecuted.

If you see someone destroying property in one of the Louisville Metro Parks snap a picture with your phone or call police. If you have any info on this case, call 574-LMPD (5673).

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