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