Now You See It…..and Now You Don’t
Prince George, B.C.- It has been less than a week since new interpretive signs were installed in Cottonwood Island Park, and already one of them has been vandalized.
The signs were made possible by a donation from Husky Energy. They point out many of the features of the park, its flora and fauna as well as the tree carvings
Just a week ago, a sign was installed detailing “Plunge Fishers”. The photo above on the left was taken shortly after its installation. The photo on the right only shows what’s been left behind, namely the remnants of the base.
It is not the only sign in the park to have been vandalized this week. Signage pointing out the Centennial trail at the Cameron Street replica bridge was uprooted and tossed into the water below.
In less than two weeks, vandals have hit at least three targets in the park, with the first being the little “Holiday Tree” that was regularly decorated prior to each special occasion. Someone not only destroyed the decorations on that little tree, but ripped off the branches. Volunteers planted a new tree next to what’s left of the other.
Now, the park signage has been hit.
Vandalism in Cottonwood Island Park is not that common says Parks Supervisor Larry Ward “Typically, we see graffiti in some of the other parks and we have a standing work order to remove it as quickly as possible. We are working with the RCMP on the graffiti taggers, so in the off chance we catch them ( the taggers) we can fine them.”
Ward adds that while vandalism in Cottonwood Park is rare, it is likely the same person or persons are responsible for the most recent events, but he’s shaking his head “I just don’t understand what the thrill is, vandalizing, breaking things or spray painting, I just don’t get it.”
The interpretive signage will cost about $500 dollars to replace.