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Artificial turf field vandalised

 A vacuum-like machine is used to clean the artificial turf field of debris on a monthly basis, or, in this case, when glass is found on the field. - Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror
A vacuum-like machine is used to clean the artificial turf field of debris on a monthly basis, or, in this case, when glass is found on the field.
— image credit: Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror

Park crews found burn marks on the artificial turf field Thursday morning. There was also glass and cigarette butts. Though the garbage can be cleaned up, nothing can be done by the city workers to fix the burn marks.

There has been ongoing minor vandalism since the artificial turf field opened earlier this year, but this week it got worse.

On Thursday morning City Recreation work crews were out picking up glass and cigarette butts from centre field before using a vacuum-like machine to do a more thorough cleaning.

There were also burn marks on the turf, something that the city crews cannot fix.

“On the odd occasion we have someone defecating on the centre dot as well,” said Brad Sephton, Green Space Coordinator for the city.

Though there are security cameras overlooking the field, Sephton said they have been unable to get face shots of the vandals. At the moment parks staff are doing regular inspections to stay on top of clean-up after the fact, but Sephton said he’s sure that the police will get involved if necessary.

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