Vandals Damage Community Park in Prineville

For weeks, Crook County Parks and Recreation had been working to renovate the area around the Crooked River Amphitheater. But one careless act put all that hard work to waste.

“It appears somebody came out, we’re assuming in a golf cart based on the tracks, and went for a little joyride out here on our brand new sod and ripped it up pretty good,” said Duane Garner from Crook County Parks and Rec.

Just last week, more than 30,000 feet of sod was installed to make the area functional for upcoming summer events. But the amphitheater isn’t the only piece of the park that was damaged. A baseball field just a few hundred yards away got hit even harder. The dirt is so torn up, Crook County Park and Rec said it’s going to be difficult to get it flat and level again.

“When things like this happen, it’s not a quick repair,” Garner said

Prineville Parks and Rec made it apparent that it’s less about the cost of the damage, less than $1,000 worth, and more about the time needed to fix it.

According to Garner, “It’ll probably take several hours of a couple people’s time to come put this back together, and the same thing over at the baseball field. It’s mostly time, a little bit of money to get some sod back in place.”

Posting anything negative on social media is uncommon for Crook County Parks and Rec, but this time it seemed necessary. Pleading for anyone with information to contact the Prineville Police Department.

“For the most part, we were trying to post things that are positive, that people can be proud of. But this affects everybody,” Garner said. “This is a community space, this is for community gatherings, community events. And I think it’s good for the community to know when someone comes in and takes advantage of their property.”

No one has been charged in this incident, but Prineville Police suspect a golf cart stolen from the Crooked River Fairgrounds is related to this case.

If you have any information on the incident, contact Prineville Police at 541-447-4168.

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