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Blandford Nature Center repeatedly vandalized

9:21 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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(August 30, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Staff at Blandford Nature Center in is trying to stop the increasing amount of vandalism on the 142 acre preserve. This year they say they've spent thousands of dollars repairing damage and adding security measures.

The prime suspects are teenagers and young adults coming into the park after hours, some just come to party leaving behind beer cans and cigarette butts.

Others mark surfaces with graffiti, break or damage docks, wooden sidewalks and signs. Someone broke into a chicken coop and smashed the eggs.

The non profit that runs the center has to carefully budget every dollar they get, and repairing the vandalism and installing security is expensive and time consuming.

"It's frustrating because we just can't find and fathom why someone wants to damage the great things we have here at Blandford," says director Anushka Steinman.

Staff has added security cameras and lights and reinforced the gate after someone crashed through. Neighbors have also asked to be on the lookout.

Blandford staff says if they can identify the vandals, they will press charges.

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