Over a hundred cases of public property damage occurred in Lacey parks and facilities within the year, costing the city more than $30,000 for repair labor and materials.
Lacey Parks Maintenance Supervisor Jamie Oakland reported at a meeting yesterday, October 25, that a total of 108 violations, including vandalism, theft, and graffiti, happened at the parks in the city for the year 2022.
Oakland said a majority of these violations were graffiti, where they recorded 84 incidents. Oakland added that there were 17 incidents of vandalism and seven incidents of theft.
Nineteen of these incidents happened in Homann Park, 17 in Region Athletic Complex (RAC), and ten in Meridian Park and Rainer Vista. The other incidents were scattered in the city’s other parks and facilities.
Oakland said the current repair budget is $19,000 for labor and $11,000 for materials, but by the end of the year, the city is projected to spend a total of $36,000 which is a 200% increase over the five-year average.
“Hopefully, this is not a trend,” said Oakland. “Hopefully, this is just an anomaly.”
Oakland said the new cameras installed in RAC helped them gather evidence and prevent incidents like trespassing. He said more cameras will be installed next year.
“In the parks department, we feel that we do concretely provide Lacey with its mission (to build an attractive, inviting, and secure community),” said Oakland.
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