Editorial: High cost of park vandalism

Be forewarned, park-goers: 18 more city parks, from Makapuu to Mokuleia, are now closed at nights, in an effort to curtail vandalism and illegal homeless activity. That brings the total of night-closed parks to nearly 60 — a trend that started in April with 25 urban parks, with another 16 added later. These parks’ bathrooms and gates are locked at night, a needed policy launched after more than 600 acts of vandalism were reported at city parks over the past three years. The damage done to sinks, stalls and pipes had been senseless as well as expensive to repair, and park-goers have expressed concerns about chronic shady activities.


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