Rise in vandalism leads to changes for Mishawaka Parks

Mishawaka, Ind. The Mishawaka Parks Department has reported an increase in vandalism to city park bathrooms.

In an effort to stop the vandalism, all bathrooms in the city parks will be closed at 10:30 pm.

‘Within the last two weeks we've had a lot of spray painting graffiti going on in our local parks and they've been targeting the restrooms,” said Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Dept.

Mishawaka PD has increased patrols in and around the city parks as well. They are asking for assistance from the public to help stop the vandalism.

Police are asking witnesses to call and report suspicious activity to the Mishawaka Police Department at 574-258-1678.

“The bottom line is we have a lot of this going on we want to see it stop,” Lt. Williams said. “We want our parks to be beautiful we want to attract more people to the community with our gorgeous parks.”

A person recently alerted police to vandalism being done at Hillis Hans Park, which is located at 600 E 13th Street.

Mishawaka Police responded to the call and found an eight-year-old boy spray painting one of the bathrooms. A juvenile report was completed and has been forwarded to the Juvenile Justice Center.

Mishawaka Parks Superintendent Terry Zeller said the damage was extensive.

“We'll normally get small incidents that we can usually clean up in the same day,” Zeller said. “This one took a little extra work for our maintenance staff to clean up.”

Police say those bathrooms will be closed after 10:30 for the foreseeable future.

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