Vandalism costs us all
In the past several weeks we have reported on the exploits of many local youths and their fine accomplishments. For example, a Halton Hills field lacrosse team captured a national title in British Columbia, Erinn Brown was crowned the North American Irish dancing champion in her age group and members of POSSE (Peer Outreach Support Services and Education) organized a Diversity March in an effort to combat discrimination in all its forms. These, and many other efforts of local teens, help to make our community a better place. However, there are other youngsters who do not hold the same regard for their town. Specifically, some youths have decided to undo the hard work of dedicated volunteers by vandalizing the Old Seed House Garden property at the corner of Maple Avenue and Guelph Street. This park, which features a gazebo, walking trails, gardens and a pond, was the result of much planning, community involvement and hard work. It was an attempt to keep some nature on the old Dominion Seed House property which gave way to homes, stores and a new school. Unfortunately, in recent weeks the property has become the target of vandals, with rocks thrown in the ponds, lights smashed, spindles in the gazebo railing broken and graffiti carved into the picnic tables. While no one has been caught perpetrating these wanton acts-- and at the risk of being accused of ageism-- we feel confident in saying this is likely the work of bored youngsters. After all, graffiti is not usually the work of a senior citizen who has just spent time admiring the flowers in the Garden property. Councillor Jane Fogal-- a driving force behind the Garden project-- is right in appealing to parents to know what their kids are doing. To date, she says, vandalism to local parks has cost the Town $10,000-- $2,000 to the Seed House property alone. We understand kids will be kids and vandalism is something that can't be eliminated. But, perhaps with more diligence from parents in regards to knowing their kids' whereabouts and educating them on the effects of vandalism, these senseless acts can be reduced.