For all the work Brookfield Township, Brookfield Board of Education and Brookfield Youth Baseball and Softball Inc. have done at Brookfield Township Community Park in recent years, there are people who don’t seem to appreciate it.
People have dumped feces on the floor of the bathrooms, done doughnuts with their vehicles in grass and parking areas, damaged vending machines and thrown mattresses in the Dumpster.
On June 9, somewhere between 5:30 and 8:15 p.m., someone ripped a sink off the wall in the women’s bathroom.
“There was water shooting all over the place,” Police Chief Dan Faustino said June 11, relaying information passed on by Road Superintendent Jaime Fredenburg, supervisor of the park.
People who were at the park when police were called reported they did not see anyone damage the sink, police said. Faustino added that video surveillance footage would be checked.
Trustee Dan Suttles said he had checked the bathroom at about 5:30 p.m. and found everything as it should be.
Police tracked down an alleged park vandal June 7. Tyler P. Matthews, 19, of 7499 Iron St., Masury, has been charged with disregarding safety on public or private property for doing doughnuts in the parking lot, police said.
Faustino said police received a report that a car had driven through a yard on Stewart Sharon Road, and he went to the park as part of that investigation. People who were at the park called him over, said a car had done doughnuts, and provided a detailed description.
A car matching the description was found at Matthews’ home, and he admitted what was alleged at the park, Faustino said.
Suttles said this about mistreatment of the park: “It upsets you, when you have something nice.”
In previous visits to the park, Suttles said, he chased a kid who was running a scooter on a picnic table, and another who was scaling a fence.
“I’m thinking, ‘What happens when no one’s here?’” Suttles said. “And, their parents were right there, both cases. They were young kids and their parents were sitting right there.”
Trustee Ron Haun said he wants police to file charges against vandals when they catch them. In addition to being punished, the offenders can be made to pay for fixing any damage, he said.
Faustino said people in the park have been helpful in some cases, and the video cameras, which recently were upgraded, have provided evidence. However, that’s not always enough. He noted that video images of kids “messing with the pop machines” was shared with multiple police departments, but no one recognized the perpetrators.
“We had good video of the kids, we just couldn’t identify them,” Faustino said.
Suttles said the officials need to be vocal about the problem.
“I think what’s critical is, we get somebody doing anything bad down there, we publicize the hell out of it,” he said, a sentiment Haun said he agreed with.
“Word of mouth works pretty good with the ones that get arrested, or citations and stuff,” Faustino said. “That does work well.”