The locked gate and the damage done

A walk with my dear wife Karen and our cherished rescue mutt Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle through our Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood Norwood Park yielded an obstruction on a path that usually stood free for all.

Cars not welcome.

Cars not welcome.

Karen has come across the locked gate previously. And she knew why officials had closed things up, she thought.

Tossed away TVs.

Tossed away TVs.

No, it was not the garbage TVs thrown away on both sides of the parking not lot, though they did plenty to raise my ire.

Flattened screen.

Flattened screen.

Karen pointed toward the football field, where the Eastwood Bears Pop Warner teams of various age groups play in the fall. I saw what she had spotted on a her previous walk with Ellie B when I was working at the store, and I had to agree with her reasoning.

Hover over any gallery photo for a description. Click on any image for an enlarged slide show.

No wonder they’re trying to keep cars out of the big parking lot in this park that’s open from dawn to dusk. Somebody took it upon themselves to drive a car or truck around the field, leaving ugly wheel marks up and down. A kid playing could surely catch a shoe in those ruts.

Why do people do stuff like this, ruining a public park? Sure, the grass will grow back. A city worker can come along and flatten the ground. But why should they have to do that?

A sign of disrespect.

A sign of disrespect.

And then there was this bit of graffiti on lot on the other side of Norwood Park, on the wooden rails to, of course, keep the cars off the grass.

Dagnabbit.

What signs of vandalism, if any, do you spot where you live? Why do you think people do things like this? What would you do if you spotted somebody vandalizing a public space?

Advertisements

25 thoughts on “The locked gate and the damage done

  1. I agree Mark -vandalism annoys me greatly. It is an indication of individuals who feel left out or forgotten who are sticking it to the man. They are obviously lacking in appreciation for what we do have. The most common vandalism around here is smashing the glass walls in bus shelters.

    Like

  2. Oh that is a shame to view Mark-my word…That does not occur much here as our Local Parks are steadily manned by local Police Forces. We have a very large Police Force in most towns (especially on beachside) and one would get arrested in a heartbeat for littering, destruction of property and yes even graffiti. It only takes a few to mess up an area unfortunately! Gatorette.

    Like

  3. That’s awful! 😦 I wish they’d install surveillance cameras and catch the boogers next time, and force them to clean up their mess. And the TV burial ground is just weird. I wonder how THAT got started? How have you been, my friend? I’ve been trying to organize a golf tournament at work recently, and as such, I’ve been thinking of you often. ❤

    Like

    • Now that’s a tough task, Rachel. Golfers are are a pesky bunch to satisfy in a benefit tournament. But you can do it! I wish I could be close enough to buy a spot to support you and play in it with my friends KP and Tater, you know? ❤

      Like

  4. And thanks to NYS for its wisdom in ruling that old TVs and other electronics can no longer be put out to the curb. I take my outdating electronics to Best Buy and they gladly accept them for recycling, but too many people simply can’t be bothered. However, I’m not sure I understand how taking the TVs to the nearest park is easier (or safer) than taking them to the nearest electronics store.

    Like

  5. How terrible for everyone bro Mark. Do people think this is funny? Grown-up? Cute? Fun? Legal? I hope they have found the idiots who did this. The perfect punishment would be sentencing them to repair the field, putting it all back in perfect order. Not even as it was, but better. Paid out of their own pocket of course.
    Almost back on my old soapbox there.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s