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Vandals steal Jaffrey playground nuts and bolts

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has closed the Humiston Park playground until further notice after vandals removed nuts, bolts, and playground equipment sometime Sunday night. Courtesy photo—

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has closed the Humiston Park playground until further notice after vandals removed nuts, bolts, and playground equipment sometime Sunday night. Courtesy photo—

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has closed the Humiston Park playground until further notice after vandals removed nuts, bolts, and playground equipment sometime Sunday night. Courtesy photo—

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has closed the Humiston Park playground until further notice after vandals removed nuts, bolts, and playground equipment sometime Sunday night. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 02, 2018 8:33PM

Jaffrey’s Parks and Recreation Department has indefinitely closed the Humiston Park playground after vandals loosened and removed nuts and bolts used to hold together the playground’s equipment.

A number of items were flipped over and the monkey bars were also stolen, said Jaffrey Parks and Recreation Director Renee Sangermano, who first noticed the vandalism on her way into work on Monday morning around 7 a.m.

“All the staff here is really disheartened,” Sangermano said, in an interview Monday morning. “… Someone planned to do this. They needed tools because everything was bolted tight.”

More than 30 community members came together to build the new playground on May 5 and 6. The playground opened to the public on May 22.

The previous equipment was at least 19 years old, with some equipment likely installed in the 60s and 70s. The new state-of-the-art equipment installed in May included a new climbing and slide structure as well as two expression swings, which are swings that have a seat for a parent and young child.

There is no current timeline as to when the playground will open back up.

Sangermano said all missing equipment will have to be purchased through the playground equipment manufacturer. Before ordering any equipment, Sangermano has to take inventory of every missing item, down to each nut and bolt.

Every existing fixture will have to be examined for tightness, Sangermano said, as she can’t be sure which items had been loosened. The playground will also have to be inspected by the town’s risk management provider, Primex.

“The playground has been used constantly,” Sangermano said. “We use it daily with our summer camp. It’s quite sad that we have to close it.”

Sangermano said the department’s summer camp program serves about 40 kids. In the meantime, the children will have to play in the open field next to the playground.

Sangermano encourages anyone with more information on the vandalism to call the Jaffrey Police Department at 532-7865.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.