FRANKFORT, Ind. (WISH) – A new city park slated to open on Saturday was damaged by children overnight, the police chief said on Facebook on Thursday.
Prairie Creek Park at 260 E. Washington St. in the northeast block of the Clinton County Courthouse includes a splash pad, event center, beer garden, and amphitheater. Local businesses and people donated to help create the park.
Scott Shoemaker, chief of the Frankfurt Police Department, said in his post on Thursday: “I wanted to take a photo of Prairie Creek Park to promote the opening of this weekend. Here we are, however, two days before the opening, taking crime scene photos. Last night children damaged our new park. If your children were free early last night, ask them where they are. You are in front of the camera. Save us some time…. Teaching responsibility. “
The police chief did not immediately respond to an email from News 8 to determine what damage was being done to the new park or whether the surveillance video of the vandalism would be shared by the police department.
The park’s grand opening, which begins at 4pm on Saturday, will include performances by Lloyd Avenue, The Warrior Kings and Endless Summer. Grocery vendors will be in the park.
The Splash Pad is open on Saturday, but closed before the concerts. The parks department shared a video of the new splash park being tested by Superintendent Bart Kraning on Thursday.
The big opening event is free.
The park was originally scheduled to be completed and opened in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled all city-sponsored events.
Frankfurt is about 30 miles north-northeast of Indianapolis.