Vandalism forces Lakeshore to close park washrooms


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Lakeshore has been forced to close several municipal park washrooms just a month into the summer season amid a wave of vandalism.

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Graffiti, broken doors, smash mirrors and sinks and toilets ripped from anchors are among the damages municipal officials reported Thursday, with the cost for repairs estimated at about $16,000 so far.

The municipality has dedicated more than 150 staff and contractor hours into making repairs and replacing items since the washrooms opened for the season at the beginning of May, officials said.

“This is a frustrating situation, not just for park users who can no longer enjoy the incredible amenities our parks have to offer, but also for council and our hardworking staff,” said Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain.

“We put a lot of pride into creating welcoming public spaces, and, unfortunately, the actions of a few have spoiled it for everyone else.”

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Some of the damage shown to a public washroom in a Lakeshore park targeted this spring by vandals.  (Photo: Municipality of Lakeshore)
Some of the damage shown to a public washroom in a Lakeshore park targeted this spring by vandals. (Photo: Municipality of Lakeshore) Photo by Courtesy of Municipality of Lakeshore /Windsor Star

Bain said Lakeshore staff have heard similar stories from other municipalities — and they’re hoping someone will come forward with information to put a stop to the vandalism.

Municipal staff will present a report to council in the coming weeks with options for additional security and monitoring of its outdoor facilities. Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact Lakeshore OPP at 519-728-1810 or CrimeStoppers at CrimeStoppers.ca or 1-800-222-8477.

To report a problem related to vandalism at Municipality of Lakeshore facilities, contact the municipality at 519-728-2488 or online at Lakeshore.ca/ReportAProblem.


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