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Vandal(s) tear up Frontenac Arena soccer fieldsby Julie Druker
This is not the first time that vandals have torn up the grassy fields at the Frontenac Community Arena in Piccadilly, where countless youngsters play weekly soccer games. Arena Manager Jim Stinson said that unfortunately this type of thing has happened close to a dozen times over that many years and he sounded very disappointed to discover the same type of incident being repeated again. “It's very disheartening to see this kind of vandalism being done. We really try to keep the place in good shape so that it can be utilized by youngsters in the area, and to see someone set out purposefully to do damage and ruin those efforts is something that I just can't understand.” Stinson said the vandalism occurred overnight on Thursday, June 28. He arrived the following morning to discover that a vehicle had driven around the closed gates to the arena and proceeded to do countless donuts on the two fields. The vandals left deep ruts in both fields, which Stinson said would be difficult to repair for the three weeks remaining in the soccer season. Stinson said he would try to do his best to fill in the ruts with soil, but that even that would leave the fields in a sub-standard condition for soccer play.
South Frontenac OPP Constable Trevor Dejong has been contacted about the incident and an investigation is currently underway. Anyone with information about the incident can contact Constable Dejong at the OPP detachment in Hartington.