NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London police are investigating after $4,000 of damage was done at the Ocean Beach Park.
Police were told the damage happened overnight Sunday. Police investigated Monday afternoon, finding a section of pipe damaged near the pool and waterslides. That caused a lot of water, sand, and mud to fill the pool.
The pool at the bottom of the waterslide is now filled and the pipe which feeds water into it is now repaired. But when manager Lindsay Mullen came in Monday, the place was a mess.
“I cried,” said Mullen.
Vandals had broken the pipe. “These were the pieces and you can tell that it was intentionally cracked,” explained Mullen.
She says the plastic pipe was broken two feet below ground overnight sometime Sunday.
“They intentionally smashed this,” she said. “So they stomped on it…The water was everywhere. There was sand. There was sand everywhere. It was… it’s heartbreaking.”
The slide was shut down Monday and Tuesday to make repairs and clean up the mud.
“My dad lost about $4,000 in days of operation,” said Mullen. The waterslide was back open Wednesday just in time for Family Day.
“I’m going with the slowest one first and then maybe I’ll take one step up but I will never fall for the red,” said Maria Rodrigues who came from Poughkeepsie, New York.
She would have been very disappointed if the waterslide was closed.
“Very very sad because when I got out of the car I was like ‘oh my god, daddy, we have to go on this thing,’” said Rodrigues.
The vandals also broke the fence in front of the waterslide and stole two signs. One said ‘No diving’ and the other one said ‘Pool is 3.5 feet deep.’ Mullen is hoping if anyone sees those signs it will help lead police to the vandals.
“Yeah it’s very disappointing,” said Maria’s father Tony Rodriquez. “Unfortunately that stuff is hard to monitor and fix all the time. I’m glad they got it working.”
So are Lindsay and her dad Jeff Mullen who run all the rides and amusements at Ocean Beach Park.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call New London Police at 860-447-1481.