Vandalism in parks is not a phenomenon exclusive to Peachland. It is something that happens in most communities in the form of tagging (painting on surfaces), damaging municipal assets, driving vehicles on park land and so much more. Managing vandalism is a challenging and endless task for the parks and facilities department – especially in the spring.
Why in the spring? As the days are lighter, youth tend to spend more time out in the community. Last week (May 12), there was significant damage done to the tennis parks in Lambly Park. Vandals have damaged the posts holding the nets beyond repair.
In other areas of town, vandals have previously tagged the Trepanier Kiosk. Municipal staff has struggled to remove the spray paint.
So how can you help – eyes in the community help us manage vandalism. If you see an act of vandalism in action, call the police. If you find a park or municipal asset vandalized, help us address the problem by advising us (250-767-2133).
Parents – if your children are going out at night ask them where they are going. Be advised that only racquet activities are permitted in the tennis courts. Please direct your youth who want to participate in all other activities to Turner Park sports box or the basket ball surface across from the Community Centre.
Another option is to encourage them to get involved with the Peachland Youth Centre. Weekly activities are organized by the Boys and Girls Club to keep youth active. From local activities and regional out trips – there are many options available. To find out about weekly youth activities visit Facebook and search Peachland Youth Centre.
On the positive side, we are only six weeks away from Swim Bay coming into full operation. The enhancements at Swim Bay were assets chosen by the youth in the community as an alternative to a skate park. Every summer we see local youth and visitors alike enjoying the uniquely Peachland water front.
For more information, to report vandalism, or enquires for recreation services, call 250-767-2133.
Cheryl Wiebe is the director of community services for the District of Peachland.