Playtime is over

2015-11-24 06:00

The park in 4th Avenue, Lotus River has been vandalised beyond repair.

Residents are fuming at criminals who have vandalised the park since it was created in the area less than a year ago.

Resident Lyle Jacobs says the park has been stripped bare by thieving criminals over the past year.

“They have taken everything out of the park. I was at the park recently and I saw there are more bricks gone,” Jacobs says.

He adds lighting and cabling have also been stolen.

“These people steal the stuff from the park and sell it to scrapyards in the area. It is not right because they are taking away from our children who need the recreational facilities,” he says.

Another resident, who did not want to be named, says people see who is stealing the items but they do not report it.

“People are aware of who is stealing the stuff from the park. But they keep quiet because they are scared of reporting it,” she says.

The woman adds the park brought a good feeling to the community when it was initially put up.

“Children were happy to play there and the gym equipment was used by many people. It’s a shame that it has now gone to waste like that. It really had a lot of potential for upliftment in this community,” she says.

Ward councillor Leslie Isaacs says the gym equipment had to be removed from the park when vandalism was reported.

“It is very sad that the community now has to suffer due to criminals who have no respect for upliftment. They stole a lot of things and cut off metal and steel to sell at scrapyards,” Isaacs says.

The park, which Isaacs says cost R360 000, was budgeted from ward allocation funds.

“I do not know if a new park will be put up there. We will have to see in the new financial year. Our residents need to take ownership of their spaces and report these acts as soon as they happen,” Isaacs adds.

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