SCUGOG: The committee behind the Caesarea Skateboard Park for Kids was left reeling last week, when they discovered that the sign marking the future site in Putsey Park was vandalized.
A large red circle-backslash or ‘No’ symbol was spray painted in bright red, over the recently erected sign sometime during the night of Saturday, Oct. 4.
The sign, which proudly reads “Future Site of the Caesarea Skateboard Park for Kids,” also lists the projects supporting fundraisers - including the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Hydro One, and The Township of Scugog.
“The CSP Committee and Township of Scugog are saddened by this act of vandalism. The Committee does not feel that it was done by teenagers, only by people wanting to blame the teens, as it was an act of protest, based on the graffiti that was left,” read a press release from the charity group.
At press-time, the graffiti had been speedily removed by Township staff, and has been reverted back to its original condition.
“There are a couple of cameras around the area, and once the individuals have been identified, we hope they will get a bill from the Township,” said the CSP Committee. “It would be great if we could all act as adults and discuss this instead of acting like children and sulking.”
For those interested in supporting the cause, the CSP has recently embarked on an on-line fundraising initiative, called Aviva - where the group will collect votes to pass through three qualifying rounds.
“The Kids of Caesarea want to get their skateboard park built and we need more funds,” said Susie Bollon, a member of the CSP Committee. “By voting on-line each day, we can make this happen. All you have to do is log onto www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19968 and register your vote.”
While saddened by the act of vandalism, the CSP Committee told The Standard that they would continue to campaign to bring a skateboard park to the youth and families of Caesarea, and are thankful for the continuing support of their sponsors and the community at-large.