Businesses step up to stop Lincoln Park vandals

Vandals have broken windows multiple times in Grand Rapids' Lincoln Park.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— The Grand Rapids community is stepping up to stop vandalism at a Westside park.

Vandals at Lincoln Park have smashed widows, scrawled graffiti and tried to break into the park building. In the past six months, three windows have been broken.

“One of them picked up a rock and lobbed it at the window as he ran out of the park, “said Mary Bueche, who works at the park with the John Ball Neighborhood Association. “It’s frustrating because people don’t understand that the park is for them.”

The Grand Rapids parks millage has paid for improvements at the park, including a splash pad. However now the money is being diverted to repair windows and clean up the graffiti.

SecurAlarm Systems and Rockford Construction heard about the problems and decided to help out. They’re donating materials and labor to install a security system that includes cameras to catch the culprits.

“It’s too bad. Hopefully this helps,” said John Hopwood with SecurAlarm Systems. “[This is] just an opportunity to help our neighbors in our area. We like to give back to the community.”

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SecurAlarm Systems and Rockford Construction donated materials and labor to install a security system at Lincoln Park. (Dec. 20, 2015)

“It becomes empowering when you see the residents take a stand, become involved and engaged in their community to make positive changes,” said Bueche.

You can help too. If you see any suspicious behavior at Lincoln Park or any other Grand Rapids park, call police.

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