Officials search for culprits after park pavilion defaced

By: Brendan Losinski | Royal Oak Review | Published August 7, 2019

 The pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park in Roseville was vandalized with a slime-like substance — consisting of materials such as water, sand and detergent — following an argument resulting from the pavilion users not being allowed to set up a bounce house without a permit. The material was intentionally spread all over the pavilion and its bathrooms.

The pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park in Roseville was vandalized with a slime-like substance — consisting of materials such as water, sand and detergent — following an argument resulting from the pavilion users not being allowed to set up a bounce house without a permit. The material was intentionally spread all over the pavilion and its bathrooms.

Photo provided by the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe

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ROSEVILLE — The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe is asking for assistance from the public in identifying the people responsible for a large mess at the pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park in Roseville.

RARE officials said the group was using the pavilion for some sort of celebration July 28. The group planned to set up a bounce house when a park attendant informed them that they couldn’t do so without a permit.

“At Memorial Park, there are two pavilions,” explained RARE Director Tony Lipinski. “One gets reserved and this one is first come, first served. … The park attendant noticed (the group at the free pavilion) were putting up an inflatable. We require a permit for any type of inflatable in the park, and we want them to use an approved vendor and have the appropriate insurance on file. They didn’t have any. 

“We told them they had to take it down. According to the park attendant, the first person she dealt with was very understanding and cooperative, but there were several other adults who were bad-mouthing her and saying she was ruining the party. She didn’t know what they were doing, as there was a banner hung up blocking her view. Afterward, she saw a kiddie pool filled with all sorts of junk and they had dumped it all over the pavilion, the sidewalks and the bathrooms.”

RARE said the group using the pavilion created a slime-like substance using materials such as water, sand, glitter and detergent and then proceeded to cover the pavilion and its bathrooms with the messy substance.

“Our park attendants tried to clean it up as best they could, but weren’t able to, so we notified the Department of Public Works,” said Lipinski. “Our regular power washer wasn’t doing it, so they came in and got their crew out there to clean it up (on July 29). This costs the public money. This kind of act means taking crew off other projects and taking their time and resources to clean this up.”

The cleanup cost was several hundred dollars, a cost that comes from RARE, a tax-funded organization. Unlike some other community resources, the pavilion was free to use on a first-come, first-served basis, so there was no record of the party using the pavilion.

“When I first saw it, I was agitated to say the least,” Lipinski remarked. “We posted something on Facebook thanking residents who use resources like the pavilion responsibly. We had a lot of responses from people.”

Lipinski said the cameras in the area were not working at the time of the incident, so they could not be used to identify those responsible either. RARE is asking anyone with information on the matter to contact the Roseville Police Department at (586) 447-4475.

“If anybody knows who used this pavilion, we ask that they contact the police,” he said. “We like to keep things free, which is why we didn’t have their names. This is supposed to be everybody’s property, so it’s frustrating when someone does something like this. It just wastes time and money and keeps us from providing services to residents.”

Roseville leaders are frustrated at the disrespect shown toward the community and hope that those responsible can be held accountable for their actions.

“There was no damage to anything, so it’s not technically vandalism. We would probably look at disorderly conduct, littering and, of course, restitution for the cleanup efforts,” explained Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe. “I think it’s shameful that anyone would want to damage a park. I don’t know why anyone would want to vandalize or mess with a park; it’s there for the community.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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