Broken tree Trees have beem vandalized in Memorial Park near Kelly Avenue. Seen here is Paul Richard

Trees in park damaged

Vandals damage trees in Summerland's Memorial Park.

Trees at the edge of Memorial Park near Kelly Avenue have been damaged by vandals.

Paul Richard, who runs the Summerland Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, said he first noticed a damaged tree in the park in the end of April or early in May.

Municipal crews were quickly called and the tree was bound and braced.

Last week, it was damaged again.

Richard wonders if the tree will survive the damage.

Another tree, near the children’s playground equipment, was so badly damaged it was removed.

He said the tree damage was not as serious an issue last year, although flowers were damaged at the flower beds.

“To me, it’s just senseless,” Richard said.

He hopes those responsible will consider the costs of repairing their damages or replacing trees.

Municipal recreation director Dale MacDonald said the damage this year is not any worse than in the past years.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the damage is concerning.

“What a shame that people find this kind of activity entertaining,” she said. “It’s really costly to our community. They do a lot of damage and they don’t pay for it.”


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