Nova Scotia

Elementary school regroups after vandals destroy field

Parents and staff at an elementary school in Lower Sackville are wondering why someone would shred their newly renovated playground for the second time in three years.
Someone made zig zag patterns in the school's field (CBC)

Parents and staff at an elementary school in Lower Sackville are asking why someone would shred their newly renovated playground for the second time in three years.

Hillside Park Elementary principal Karla Wolfe said someone drove into the backfield and started tearing up the ground last week.

"And they were doing donuts in the field or that's what it looks like and they dug up all the grass," she said.

The vandals dug their tires deep into almost every corner of the field, making it unsafe for children to play in.

A similar incident happened three years ago. (CBC)

"Even just with the ruts and things like that someone's going to fall, someone's going to trip and it's just going to be muddy. It's harder and harder to clean up. So right now it's not a usable space," said Wolfe.

The field was already prone to flooding so the school's parent-teacher group raised money last year to grade the field so it would drain better.

"We're devastated. We're angry you know we spent almost $1,000 last summer trying to get that field workable so the kids can play on it and we went up and saw the destruction up there and we're just devastated until we can try to find a way to fix it again," said parent Nina Barrios.

A spokesperson for the city said crews will try to put down top soil and bring the field back up to shape before the ground freezes.

Wolfe said after the field is repaired they'll install a gate at the entrance of the field to keep the vandals out.

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