First, some budding arsonist tried to set the swings on fire at Chartiers Park.
Then at Cook School Park, somebody set another fire.
Then, somebody spray-painted the men’s room at Cook School Park.
The vandalism taking place in Bridgeville’s parks isn’t an everyday occurrence, nor is it a new occurrence, but when it does happen, it’s expensive. Incidents like the aforementioned can cost thousands in taxpayer dollars to fix or clean up.
Now, councilman Joseph Colosimo wonders whether security cameras in Bridgeville’s parks could be the answer.
“When I was on council the last time, there was some discussion about putting cameras around the borough where vandalism happens,” he said. “For some reason, that thought sort of went away.”
Un-doing some of the more recent vandalism incidents will cost the borough approximately $4,000, Colosimo said.
And fixing the damage often isn’t optional, borough manager Lori Collins noted. Some of the funding that Bridgeville received to upgrade Cook School and McLaughlin Run parks requires that the borough keep facilities in good working order.