Plaquemine parks shut down due to continued vandalism

Plaquemine City Park vandalized
Plaquemine City Park vandalized(The City of Plaquemine)
Published: Oct. 24, 2022 at 4:25 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 3:56 PM CST
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UPDATE

The City of Plaquemine’s Facebook page announced the City Park closure on Monday, Nov. 21.

According to Facebook, the park is now shut down due to repeated vandalism. Reports show mirrors were shattered, tissue and soap dispensers ripped off the walls, trash thrown all over, and other damage to the men’s restroom last weekend.

Mayor Edwin Reeves Jr. said vandalism at city parks has cost the City well over $10,000 in repairs this year plus the cost of additional cameras at parks.

City police are currently investigating and checking cameras at the park.

ORIGINAL

PLAQUEMINE, La. (WAFB) - Mayor Edwin Reeves Jr. announced all city parks in Plaquemine are now open after repairs have been done due to continued vandalism.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Mayor Edwin Reeves Jr. said the parks would remain closed until vandalized cameras could be replaced and more cameras can be installed at all parks.

That news came one day after the mayor’s office announced that two teens had been arrested for breaking into the City of Plaquemine Activity Center (COPAC) and setting two vehicles on fire.

The continued vandalism is very costly to the city, and the parks will be locked up until this work is completed, said the mayor.

The two vehicles set on fire were reportedly being used by the Plaquemine Fire Department and Iberville firefighters for training on removing injured people from wrecked vehicles.

According to officials, the two teens were caught on camera vandalizing the park.

The City Park was vandalized again damaging the city sign, and the cameras were destroyed from the last vandalism, according to officials.

At the North Park, the mulch on the playground was reportedly set on fire Saturday, Oct.22.

A post on Facebook by the City of Plaquemine parks said,

This has continued vandalism at the parks that began months ago and has continued, costing the city thousands of dollars to clean up and repair the damage. The Mayor and Board of Selectmen have included more cameras in the 2022-2023 budget, and the Police Department is working to try to solve these crimes. The city will request that those arrested be fully prosecuted.”

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Anyone with any information can contact Plaquemine City Police at 225-687-9273.

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