Vandals have struck Manchester’s new Riverfront Park.
The park along West Main Street next to the Whitewater Park opened this summer, with its grand opening just held this past Sunday.
The City of Manchester says on Thursday morning, they were notified that the stools in the restrooms were not working. Upon checking on the facility, they found the toilets were clogged with sand. The City says someone apparently took the time to dump a large amount of sand into all three toilets and throughout the restrooms.
The doors to the restroom facility, which are timed to lock at 9 pm, were circumvented by someone dead bolting the doors in the open position.
City staff is pricing a camera system to install at the shelter to view who is entering the restrooms and to monitor the area under the shelter. In the meantime, Manchester Police will be checking on the doors to make sure they are locked after 9 pm.
Manchester City Parks and Rec Director Doug Foley says it’s unfortunate, but they hope to put a stop to the senseless vandalism.
The City says the restrooms are now cleaned up, fixed and operational for this weekend’s Motorcycle Trials and Bacon ‘n Hops event.