Vandals have caused thousands of dollars in damage at popular park in Parksville over the weekend.
According to the City of Parksville, two in-ground trampolines at the Lions Ventureland Playground were vandalized.
Due to the vandalism, city officials said changes have been made to ensure the safety of children using this play equipment.
One trampoline which had the rubber mesh cut through completely has been removed and a second trampoline with only cut marks will be observed by staff (Monday to Friday) for further damage.
While a date of the incident wasn’t released, it was reported to the Oceanside RCMP, said a spokesperson with the city.
The city is currently sourcing replacement webs for the trampolines which means it could be several weeks before replacement materials arrive.
The cost to replace the webbing on both trampolines is expected to be about $6,000 to $7,000.
“These well-used trampolines are a unique part of the playground, and it is disappointing they are once again not available to children due to vandalism,”said a spokesperson for the city.
“As well, it is most discouraging for City staff and Parksville Lions Club members who maintain and care for the playground.”