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Newer section of Funkstown park vandalized

As a result of the vandalism, the restrooms will be closed until Saturday

June 13, 2013

FUNKSTOWN — Trash was found strewn around Funkstown Community Park Thursday morning and the restrooms were flooded after the newer section of the park was vandalized, according to a town official.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy discovered the damage while patrolling the park Thursday morning, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.

The town’s maintenance supervisor arrived shortly afterward while making his rounds and was spending the morning cleaning it up, Haynes said.

As a result of the vandalism, the restrooms will be closed until Saturday, when the pavilions are booked, she said.

“We don’t want to do it,” Haynes said. “But we can’t come in every morning to that.”

Haynes said almost every summer someone vandalizes the restrooms in the park.

Paper towels and rolls of toilet paper were shoved into the toilets, which were then flushed in both bathrooms so they overflowed, Haynes said.

Paper towels also were shoved in the sink drains, and the faucets were turned on so the sinks overflowed, she said.

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A water fountain attached to the outside of the restroom building was also torn from the wall, Haynes said.

If the fountain is cracked, it could cost $300 to $400 to replace, she said. If not, workers should be able to reattach it.

The newer section of the park is near the Robert Kline Way entrance, Haynes said.

— Julie E. Greene

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