New Haven Park hit by vandals

Moser Park in New Haven was hit by vandals over the weekend, causing damage to a recently renovated part of the park.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 3:21 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2019 4:04 PM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - It was a busy day at Moser Park on Sunday.

People using the trails, enjoying the sunshine before the storms, but at about 5:15 that afternoon, surveillance cameras captured someone walking into the men's restroom.

When the person entered, it looked like freshly renovated, but New Haven Parks Superintendent Mike Clendenen says they left it a bit different.

"A young man entered the restroom, the men's restroom, and set off fireworks inside it. Caused a lot of damage," Clendenen said.

The fireworks left scorch marks on the ceiling and burn marks on the floor. A floor the parks department crew recently finished.

He explained "This floor, our maintenance crew just finished painting them for the season. It's something they've had on their list to get done and spent a couple of days updating this flooring, and now it's been damaged."

With the cost of labor and the materials, the parks department stands to lose hundreds of dollars just from this one act of vandalism.

The person also kicked-in the trash can, took soap dispensers off the wall, and vandalized the vending machine outside. In the short-term, it's park users being affected.

"This is a very popular park," Clendenen said. "A lot of park users, trail users count on these kind of facilities and then you have senseless acts like this, it's a big setback."

The affect? The bathrooms are closed indefinitely until they can get back around to repair it.

So Rivergreenway users will need to find somewhere else to stop off.

The parks department turned over the surveillance footage to New Haven police, who are they're interviewing witnesses in the park that day. 

"This is not a case of boys being boys, there's consequences to these things happening... It's not funny. It's not acceptable behavior and hopefully parents watching this will share this with their kids because this is not just things you do.," Clendenen said.

If you have any information, contact the New Haven Police Department at (260) 748-7080.

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