Three of the Town’s picnic tables were destroyed a couple of weeks ago.
On Sept. 24 in Millennium Park the picnic tables were bent and broken out of shape, but Jack Ramsden, CAO for the Town of Eckville, says they are not giving in to vandalism.
“We’re either going to fix them or replace them with something else,” said Ramsden, adding the Town tries to work around vandalism to overcome it.
Ramsden explained a local retired welder is going to take a look at the broken tables and see what he can do in terms of refurbishing.
The goal is to get one table out of the three, but the Town is hoping to end up with more.
“The table tops and the seats themselves weren’t damaged, it was mostly the tubing,” commented Ramsden. “We’re not going to put them out there looking crappy, but we’re going to see how much we can salvage out of them.”
The three tables were purchased as a group of 10 and are scattered throughout the Town-owned green spaces.
Ramsden said the tables were chosen because they were “middle of the road” when it came to pricing while also providing colour to the areas.
The tables also have durable surfaces and were left out during the winter season.
“That didn’t seem to damage them, so I mean, it was more than one person,” said Ramsden. “They stood these things on end and jumped on them and bent them, so that’s why we’re hoping that we can maybe straighten the tubes.”
Ramsden said the Town has been working to give families a nice spot where they can go and enjoy the outdoors comfortably.
He added people are using the picnic tables at the various green spaces around town.
The Town is also requesting that anyone with information about the incident pass it along to them.
The exact time the vandalism took place is unknown as of publication.