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Broken bottle put a halt to playtime

Children and caregivers at a north Langley daycare were prevented from playing in a Walnut Grove park after someone smashed a beer bottle in the pea gravel surrounding the playground equipment. The act of vandalism is an example of ‘immature, irresponsible, against the law and just plain stupid’ behaviour, says Sandra Firth. - submitted photo
Children and caregivers at a north Langley daycare were prevented from playing in a Walnut Grove park after someone smashed a beer bottle in the pea gravel surrounding the playground equipment. The act of vandalism is an example of ‘immature, irresponsible, against the law and just plain stupid’ behaviour, says Sandra Firth.
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Editor: It is an all too familiar problem for parents and caregivers — vandalism in our local parks.

As a daycare operator, we spend a lot of time at the playground and it is very common to see damage, litter and graffiti, especially after a weekend.

We are sure the pictured items are remnants of young people drinking at the park the night before.

Whenever we go to a local playground, our first priority is to check the area for anything that could be harmful to the children before allowing them to play.

We have come to expect that some level of cleanup will be needed when we arrive.

Today we visited our local park at 212 Street and 93 Avenue and what we found was very upsetting.

There was broken glass from a beer bottle throughout the entire play area, which is covered in pea gravel.

It took my friend and me over an hour to pick up as much of the glass as we could.  But we are sure there must be more that we can’t see, hidden under the tiny rocks. Needless to say, the children missed their playtime, but now we have the added concern about what could happen in future visits.

What might these preschoolers dig up with their tiny buckets and shovels?

It is infuriating to know that the person responsible probably thinks it’s cool, fun or entertaining, instead of what it really is — immature, irresponsible, against the law and just plain stupid.

So parents,  please share this story with your kids, remind them of the potential harm this type of behavior can cause, especially to small children.

It only takes one stupid kid to break the bottle, but if others get the message, perhaps they will discourage that one kid from doing it again. We can only hope.

Sandra Firth

Walnut Grove

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