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Steel City Park Badly Vandalized

Police say the park in the Steel City section of Lower Saucon Township became a crime scene after someone took a saw blade to children's playground equipment and committed numerous other acts of vandalism.

Lower Saucon Township Council members reacted with shock and dismay when Township Manager Jack Cahalan revealed Wednesday night that had been badly vandalized.

During his report at council's Oct. 19 meeting, Cahalan informed them that someone had taken a reciprocating saw to playground equipment and the park's picnic pavilion, which he said were damaged in the incident.

In a press release issued Thursday, Lower Saucon police confirmed Cahalan's report, stating that "persons cut sections of the Little Tykes gymnasium with a saw blade, cut one of the pavilion posts with a saw blade, and wrote numerous profane messages on the posts."

And the damage, which is estimated at $5,000, did not end there.

"The aluminum gutters to the pavilion were also damaged along with steel tables/benches. Someone also defecated in the urinal at the porta-john," police added.

Cahalan said there have been other acts of vandalism at the park in the past--including one in which the park's sign was sawed in half--but noted that these incidents are particularly "troubling" in light of the township's commitment to making $100,000 in upgrades to Steel City Park next year.

"It just concerns me about this occurring up there," he told council, adding that a meeting to discuss the renovations is scheduled with consultants in November.

Council member Priscilla deLeon suggested that a public meeting between the township's parks and recreation board and Steel City residents be scheduled to discuss the vandalism and how to prevent similar acts from happening in the future.

Calling her proposal a "park watch" meeting, deLeon agreed that the vandalism "could really affect (the improvements)."

Cahalan said police had canvassed the neighborhood surrounding the park after the vandalism was discovered by a township road crew the morning of Oct. 19, but indicated that there are no real leads.

"No one saw or heard anything," he told council.

In their press release, Lower Saucon police forcefully indicated that they want to solve the case by asking that "anyone with information about these ridiculous acts of stupidity...contact the Lower Saucon Township Police Department."

The number to contact the department is 610-317-6110.

Eastward October 20, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Pathetic lowlifes. Hope they are caught and have to pay for it.
GrowUpSaucon October 20, 2011 at 03:11 PM
This is terrible. There is something so seriously wrong with our world. I too hope they get caught and have to pay for it.
Jessica G. October 20, 2011 at 03:32 PM
That's awful :/ Why would anyone do such a thing?
Josh Popichak (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 03:46 PM
We've uploaded some photos of the vandalism at the park. One of the playgrounds is actually closed now because of the damage to it.
Terri Simpson October 20, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Very sad..I hope they get the horrible people that did this.
Bob Linney October 20, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Because of the recent damage, a sizable reward should be offered for the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Hopefully the police are investigating anyone who doesn't want ANY type of park in that location. Damage like this could derail the proposed improvements. Could this be the motive??? If $100,000 investment is going to be made to the park, a security system that is capable of detecting and recording any after-hours activity in the park should be a must.
Mary Anne Looby October 20, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I will never, if I live to be 100 understand the need to vandalize. Vandals must really hate themselves. They should be found and and chained to the playground for all to see.
GrowUpSaucon October 23, 2011 at 12:38 PM
It think if they find the thugs who did this -the thuigs should be made to do the atual labor needed to be done in the park to restore it. It would be humiliating to them to have us watch and snap photo's because of their bad choice.

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