I was concerned about the closure of Hill Park in Snohomish and upon inquiring I received a startling reply from the Parks Department. Vandals have destroyed the electrical panel and meter in the lower picnic shelter, ripping it from the wall and smashing all of the overhead lighting, requiring the PUD to remove the entire system. Then they broke into the restrooms damaging the doors. Then they smashed the benches on the fishing pier.
The next night they damaged the restrooms at Pilchuck Park costing several thousands of dollars in damage. Then they set fire to the Ferguson Park restrooms totally destroying the facilities. The replacement costs are $80,000.
The parks department cannot afford to operate with the number of repair costs that are being generated by this vandalism. The parks department says they are working with the police department and community members to find solutions to these issues, but in the mean time the vandalism continues.
The purpose of this letter is to inform the public of the ongoing vandalism and hopefully someone will catch sight of the vandals and call 911.