WALLA WALLA, Washington – Recent vandalism at Wildwood Park at 7 S. Division Street and at Washington Park at 700 W. Cherry St., has city officials contemplating surveillance cameras in the parks.
Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman said sprinkler heads were targeted at Wildwood Park, over the span of a few weeks.
“We’ve had over 50 sprinkler heads kicked off at night,” he said. “The cost to just replace those sprinkler heads is over $3,000.”
The $3,000 price tag doesn’t include the costs associated to staff time spent on making repairs or the amount of water that was lost.
At Washington Park a block wall featuring a mural was tagged with graffiti.
“We had to completely paint over the entire wall and start over,” Coleman said.
Coleman said the department plans to bring the issue of installing surveillance cameras to the city council. He’s spoken with departments in other cities and has received positive feedback about how surveillance cameras have worked to combat vandalism. His initial recommendation is to try it at one park, see how it goes, and then evaluate from there. He expects the discussion to begin at a city council work session in September.