WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Someone broke into a Wichita park pool facility late Monday or early Tuesday and vandalized the place. The damage is bad enough that Wichita Park and Recreation closed the pool for the day on Tuesday, July 26.
The vandalism is at McAfee Pool, 1240 East 14th Street North. Wichita Parks and Recreation posted a message on Facebook that says, “Vandals destroyed so much property inside the facility that staff is cleaning up today to make the pool safe for our guests.”
The post included photos of the damage:
Pool-goers Robert and Raymond use the pool almost daily. They were dropped off to find the pool closed for the day.
“So we had to walk all the way back to the house,” said Robert.
According to the City, the damage is estimated at around $15,000.
This is not the first time this has happened. The City said it has had around 50 vandalism reports at six different pools in the last year.
Wichita City Council member Brandon Johnson requested to add security cameras to catch those responsible.
He hopes they can learn a lesson if caught.
“My hope is that we can get them into some community service where they fix what they’ve damaged and also do more work in the community and see it is better to take care of your community than damage and destroy it,” said Wichita City Council Member, Brandon Johnson.
Johnson said he hopes to have the security cameras reach the council before the budget is finished in August.
The pool is relatively new. It opened last year.
Park officials are asking for help to stop vandals. In addition, they want people who witness crimes to call 911.
If you have any information about the vandalism at McAfee Pool, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. You can remain anonymous. If your tip helps solve the case, you could receive a reward.