Fruita park vandalized 4th day running

A weekend spike in vandalism at a troubled Fruita park continued into Tuesday morning.

City parks employees arriving at work around 7 a.m. Tuesday at Little Salt Wash Park, 1135 18 Road, discovered fresh damage to two water fountains on the north end of the facility, Police Chief Mark Angelo said. One fountain will require repair to be functional again, the chief said.

The fresh damage was believed to have happened sometime after 11:30 p.m. Monday.

The incident marked the fourth case of suspected vandalism in four days at Little Salt Wash Park, while police records show seven incidents of criminal mischief or arson dating back to October.

Three Fruita city vehicles were damaged or destroyed early Monday, shortly after a shed holding Little League baseball gear at the south end of the park burned to the ground.

The fires have since been classified as suspected acts of arson.

Saturday morning, officers were called on a report of damage to a pump house while six trees were discovered damaged beyond repair.

Full damage estimates from the weekend were unavailable.

The damage recorded since October at the Fruita park has outpaced what’s been reported at larger facilities in Mesa County.

Grand Junction police received just four calls for service for reported vandalism at Lincoln Park from October 2012 through Tuesday, producing one report of several vehicles with shattered windows, according to police spokeswoman Kate Porras.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department over the same period recorded no vandalism calls for service at Long Family Memorial Park, sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.


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