BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police are searching for vandals who caused $30,000 in damages to facilities at Black Rock Canal Park.
“It’s outrageous that individuals are attempting to destroy the hard work that’s been done to transform Black Rock Canal Park into the family friendly area that it is,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “Vandalism is a crime against the entire community and we are boosting efforts to prevent it and prosecute it.”
Many park visitors that spoke with News 4 agree.
Jimmy Zaccagnino of Kenmore said going to Black Rock Canal Park is a tradition for his family. After learning about the vandalism, he said, “It’s crazy because a lot of people come here with their kids. They come to ride bikes. It’s a shame that people would ruin (this) place.”
“That’s terrible, because it’s a place where people fish, get away, enjoy themselves, and sightsee,” Donald Jackson of Rochester said.
Poloncarz said earlier this month, more than $5,000 in tools and supplies were stolen from Scott Lawn Yard’s locked equipment trailer.
Two weeks later, thieves broke into two more locked trailers at the park and stole electrical construction equipment from another contractor.
Then on Monday, ladders, outriggers, scaffolding, and metal supports were stolen and construction supplies were destroyed.
“It’s terrible for all of the people that spend their long hours here working hard,” Zaccagnino said.
“It’s a shame. People should do the opposite. They should do everything to make sure that the park is nice. It’s something that’s good for the community. They should take care of it, not vandalize it,” Bassam Ghazri of Buffalo said.
As a result of the incidents, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up patrols at Black Rock Canal Park in an effort to prevent more incidents from happening.
Deputies are also investing the recent incidents. If you have any information about it, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at 716-858-2903.