On Saturday night, May 21st, the southern half of
Delaware Park in the City of sustained significant damage due to vandalism. The Buffalo building ( Marcy Casino 199 Lincoln Pkwy) was the victim of graffiti on several of its columns and walls as well as the elevator for the handicapped. The in Rumsey Woods was spray painted. The decorative top of the ornamental fountain in the Rose Garden was snapped off. The slide at the children’s playground was maliciously destroyed by caving in its base and the top being tied up with rope. Earlier in the evening more than 100 teenagers and young adults were witnessed congregating around the Ivy Bridge . The president and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, held a press conference today at 2:00 pm at the Marcy Casino to address this recent rash of vandalism. Council Members LoCurto, Rivera, and Police Chief Barba were in attendance for the press conference. Below are a few photos of the damage. Marcy Casino
It is up to the community who patronizes the park to see that the Japanese Gardens are maintained as a kid-friendly place free from crime and destruction. Those with information regarding the vandalism are asked to contact the Buffalo City Police tip line, (716)847-2255, and or the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, (716)838-1249.