One of the concrete ends of a bench in Blanche Brook Park that was destroyed Wednesday night or early Thursday is seen laid out on the ground.
— Star photo by Frank Gale
Paul Grenier said somebody went through a lot of work to try to steal a bench in Blanche Brook Park and ended up destroying the structure instead, for the sake of stealing the plastic laths.
The chairman of the Blanche Brook Park Committee reported the incident to the Bay St. George RCMP on Thursday afternoon when he discovered the destruction. He was removing stakes from around trees when he saw the broken bench.
Grenier believes someone came there with a vehicle, likely a truck, and had planned to remove the bench in one piece, but it broke when he or she tried to uproot it from its moorings. He thinks what happened next is that the person used a maul to break the concrete so he or she could take the plastic wood laths that formed the seat and the backs.
“Whoever it was had to be well prepared and came with the tools to do the job,” he said. “Both concrete ends were smashed to pieces.”
Grenier said this is one of two benches in the park that weren’t donated by anyone and that it will cost about $800 to replace it, which the committee plans to do. The committee plans to have it replaced. He said this is only the second incident of vandalism that they’ve had in the park, the first being some damage to a table in the area. That table has since been repaired.
“I really don’t understand why people do this. There is really no logic to it,” he said, while affirming his committee won’t let incidents by a few people stop them from creating a park for the public to enjoy.
Grenier said there are lots of people who use the park and you can see people walking there right up to dark and that’s why he figures this happened after dark. He said the park is something that most people wanted.
Cpl. John Butler confirmed the complaint by Grenier and said police would be checking into the matter Friday afternoon. He said anyone with information can contact the Bay St. George RCMP at 643-2118.
Grenier said the location of this particular bench is the only one that is out of sight from nearby homes, due to a number of trees in that area.