While most of us were celebrating the beginning of summer this past weekend, new plants at Anderson Park were ripped out and ripped off by vandals. Scott Kevelson, of Friends of Anderson Park (FAP), who’s been keeping us updated on the park’s renovation, told us about the recent thefts.
“Over the past two weeks vandals have stolen about 15 bushes from the park. At first they only took bushes by the back of the (new) bathroom. They then moved to the front of the bathroom. I thought that once the lights come on they would be deterred. But over the last two nights (Saturday and Sunday) they started to take bushes by the new entrance at Bellevue Ave. So far in that area 7 bushes have been taken.”
The shrubs are gone, and won’t be replaced anytime soon, Kevelson said. FAP volunteers continue to pitch in with watering of the 200+ new plants. Their job may get easier once the County installs drip irrigation line for all of the plants by the railroad.
The county told Kevelson they’ll be coordinating park security with Montclair Police, who patrol the park regularly. Kevelson is wondering if surveillance cameras are an option.. Meanwhile, if you have any ideas on how to prevent this vandalism, share them here.