Altoona says damage to River Prairie Park is "senseless", asks for community's help

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- The city of Altoona says vandalism to a new park is senseless and is asking for the community's help.

The River Prairie Park opened earlier this spring but the city says it has already been seeing damage in the area.

City administrator Mike Golat says there's been damage done to the lenses of lights that illuminate sculptures in the park.

“It's a very new park and we need to nip it in the bud,” said Golat. “We need to let people know that it's under surveillance and chances are if you do something you will get caught and more than anything, let's all work together to keep things beautiful.”

The city says the glass in several lights has been broken and the incident could have caused serious injury to kids that play in the area.

At this point it's unclear whether the vandalism was malicious or a case of kids playing around with rocks which may have caused the incidents.

Police have reviewed around 18 hours of surveillance video but so far haven't been able to determine the exact cause of the vandalism

The cost of the damage is also still being evaluated at this time.

Golat emphasized how important the community’s help is in keeping the park safe and damage-free.

“Both Eau Claire, the county and the city are making investments into these beautiful quality of life amenities and we've got to be able to take care of them over the long-term and keep them really nice and that's going to take the whole community working together to insure that,” he added.

The city says if you see something, say something.

It’s asking people to call the Altoona Emergency Services non-emergency number at 715-839-497 or the Eau Claire County Crime Stoppers at 715-874-TIPS if anything looks suspicious

Finally, the city is also asking parents to keep an eye on their children when they're playing the park.

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