Smith Creek Park victim of vandalism

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Vandals destroyed a fence at Smith Creek Park on Friday. It is the seventh time the park has been vandalized in the last 12 months.

According to a Facebook post from the New Hanover County Parks and Gardens department, the vandalism took place Friday night. Pictures posted appear to show the fence was burned.

Besides the destroyed fence and bonfire on Friday, vandals also tossed the majority of the park signs in the pond. The Little Free Library was destroyed for the fourth time after having been repaired and put back in operation on Wednesday.

"The park does lock at night to restrict vehicle access, but since it's so close to neighborhoods, the challenge in this park is we cannot stop foot traffic, especially at night," said Tara Duckworth, NHC Parks and Recreation director. "While we do have trail cameras around the park, it is tough to capture everything that is going on in all 100 acres. The video is also not always the best at night."

Damage estimates are several thousands of dollars.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at 910-798-4200.

"Please stay vigilant," Duckworth said. "If you see or hear something that is not right, it probably isn't, and we urge you to call authorities."

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