New Creation Preschool in Glenwood Springs vandalized
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Laurie Breda has been director of the New Creation Preschool for 15 years. She hadn’t seen much vandalism there until recently.
She understands kids would be enticed to play in the easily accessible playground near the school in the Glenwood Business Center behind the Glenwood Springs Mall. That’s no big deal. But things have been starting to get broken and the problem has escalated over the past couple years. On Monday, Breda sent out a letter to parents after a particularly destructive night.
“It used to just be once in a while,” she said. “Now things are destroyed for no reason.”
She said it’s obviously kids because they’re playing with the toys. The damage seems to happen Thursday nights and over the weekends.
On Monday, teachers arrived to find a playground structure with a slide completely torn apart. Whoever it was broke a lock and left the gate open. Tables and chairs were broken. Other items were turned over and broken. Breda said three $150 tricycles were ridden and damaged. Two were found broken in the bushes toward the mall and another couldn’t be found.
“This was coming in with the intent to destroy,” she said. “Not just to play.”
On Friday morning, Breda said, teachers came in again to find the lock on a storage shed at the playground had been forced and tricycles were thrown around the parking lot.
She said the damage is frustrating since the preschool is a nonprofit that’s trying to get money together for maintenance and improvements.
The letter Breda sent out asks if parents or anyone else can help keep an eye on the area. She encourages people to report anyone on the playground after hours or on weekends or remind them it is private property.
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