June 25 2019

Rise of Vandalism in Burlington Park Prompts Search for Suspects

By: Rich Hosford

An uptick in the amount and severity of vandalism at two of Burlington’s park has prompted an organization that cares for the green spaces to seek help from the community.  

The Friends of Mary Cummings Park posted on Facebook that while there has been regular vandalism in Whispering Hill Woods and Mary Cummings Park in the past it has become worse this year.

“This year it has hit a new level,” the group said in a post featuring the photos above. “Sign posts were smashed out of the ground, and thrown into the woods. It appears that they used barbells to break the signs out of the ground and ATVs to move the signs they dislodged around the park.”

The Friends of Mary Cummings Park has been taking care of both parks for years, paying for kiosks, signs, and maps from our own pockets and from donations, the group said, and asked that anyone with information contact the Burlington Police Department.

“If you know who did this, please speak to them or their parents, or identify them to the police,” the post says.

The Friends added they are looking into placing hidden field cameras and working with police to catch those responsible.

The post adds the culprits have a firepit where they appear go to drink and then vandalize the signs in that area. This has lead to empty beer and drink containers littering the parks and woods.

The non-emergency line for the Burlington Police Department is (781) 272-1212.


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