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Restrooms at Wichita’s Boston Park Splash Pad closed due to vandalism

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 11:19 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The restrooms at the Boston Splash Pad will be closed until further notice.

The city shared a tweet Monday morning showing the damage city crews found inside the facilities. In the photo, you can see broken sinks, broken toilets and urinals and toilet paper littered across the building.

The city said it has seen an increase in vandalism at its facilities. Wichita City Councilman Brandon retweeted the City of Wichita encouraging parents to discourage their kids from participating in the “devious licks” TikTok challenge where people steal or vandalize from schools and post it on social media,

“Talk to your children about the very real damage these TikTok challenges do,” said Johnson. “This is terrible.”

The vandalism follows a summer swimming season that city leaders say went well, overall.

“It was a really good season in that regard and attendance was hugely increased at the pools and the splashpads,” said City of Wichita Parks and Recreation Aquatics Supervisor Brian Hill

Hill voiced frustration with the recent destruction in the bathrooms at Boston Park.

“It’s definitely frustrating. I have seen an uptick (in vandalism) in some of the locations we had less attendance at. By far this is the worst incident we’ve had this summer,” he said.

Vandalism is also occurring in the city of Augusta. The assistant city manager, Cody Sims, said in an email, “Our City Council and Parks Advisory Board have worked diligently over the past several years to make significant investments in our park system for our residents and our guests. It is disheartening to see the disrespect a select few have for our community. While we understand the inconvenience to restrict public access to public restroom facilities, it is unfortunately necessary at this point in time until the senseless acts of vandalism are brought under control. Public restrooms are currently open Monday – Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm. This schedule will remain until further notice.”

If you see suspicious activity around public property, report it to police.

“Actions have consequences and it can really impact people,” Johnson said “So if you have information we’d love for you to reach out to the parks department or Wichita Police Department.

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