Fourth of July is all fun and games — until city property is caught in the crossfire.
During evening hours July 4, Douglass Splash Pad was "vandalized," according to Lynda Pollock, with City of Duncan, which will result in closure of the facility until crews can clean up the site.
Pollock said the mess at the splash pad comes from an individual or individuals using the facility as their “firing pad.”
“It’s trashed, holes burned in spots,” Pollock said after receiving the call from her maintenance technician.
There are no cameras in the area, so finding those responsible could be hard unless residents in the neighborhood saw anything happen.
Costs are unavailable at this time, though it could be on the higher end because the surface of the splash pad is a “poured in place” surface.
Because of the debris, the splash pad will be closed until further notice because City of Duncan is waiting on a crew to clean up the mess.
“We can’t risk any of the debris getting into the drains and/or the pump system,” Pollock said.
Shortly after 11 a.m. July 5, Rudy Sanders and another man were already on scene cleaning the pad. By 1 p.m., a group of 10 volunteers ranging from kids to adults from the Douglass Community turned out to help clean up their home.
If anyone has any information about what happened at Douglass Splash Pad, call the City Parks Department at 580-470-2088.