Vandals damage Muskegon little league field

The damage won't keep teams from starting to practice early in April. It does however set back the club's effort to improve two ball fields at the park.

Some time late Thursday night into early Friday morning, vandals damaged the East Muskegon little league field on East Isabella.

The vandal's graffiti covered the dugout, concession stand, and press box.

"I was shocked," said Jackie Burr, East Muskegon Little League treasurer.

The damage won't keep teams from starting to practice in early April. It does, however, set back the club's efforts to improve the two ball fields at the park.

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Last summer, a team effort completed a number of improvements on both fields. Players, coaches, parents, and community volunteers all pitching in to paint buildings and structures on both fields.

That's one reason why Burr is struggling to comprehend why anyone would do this.

"We want to get out kids off the streets," said Burr. "We want to get them involved in something positive and this is just a negative of everything that we were trying to put forth to our kids."

Burr's frustration is shared by other community members.

"Graffiti is not OK," said Germaine Lang, East Muskegon little league coach.

"If you want to come to the ballpark and mess around -- come out and play baseball, our field is always open."

On Monday morning, a crew from the city of Muskegon's parks department removed the graffiti with a large sandblaster, and covered up other areas with fresh paint.

Burr and Lang hope the graffiti never returns, and Muskegon Police are aware of the damage.

If the person responsible is caught they will be charged with malicious destruction of property. Anyone with information is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

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