Updated: Friday, 16 Jul 2010, 11:12 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 16 Jul 2010, 7:29 PM EDT
New Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) - Messages of hate were found spray-painted on buildings and even boats at a park in New Hartford Friday.
Those hurtful words, and images were quickly covered up at the town's Brodie Park and now officials want to know who did it. I came in the morning and looked at the cabin, saw a lot of art, swastikas, racial slurs, and things degrading women," said Dennis Minor the New Hartford Parks Director.
Minor says the situation is frustrating, but it is even more devastating because vandalism has happened there before. "Last year we had similar things happen, but this is the apex of vandalism," explained Minor. "You know they pushed over some trash cans at the beach and caused about $3,000 worth of damage last year, but this year, they really took it one step further."
With more than 100 campers using the park, many of them young children, he and his staff had to quickly paint over the messages as a quick fix. "We got big pieces of paper to obstruct the art, and cover it up," explained Minor. "Then walked down to the beach where we have clients that rent boat space and the same thing was on the boats. Private boats, yes. We had to call the boat owners and make them aware some came down immediately to cover it up."
Extra patrols have now been set up to hopefully stop this kind of behavior.
If you have any information, you are asked to call the police. Park events are continuing this weekend as scheduled.