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Repeated vandalism plagues Eastlake park, neighbors want surveillance cameras

Posted at 7:38 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 19:42:22-05

A park is supposed to be a place to have fun, but, with ongoing vandalism, Eastlake’s Jakse Park has been less than enjoyable.

Chris Kranjak is frustrated with the park's condition. She says it is routinely littered with needles from drug users, liquor bottles, busted basketball rims and graffiti. 

Now, someone has busted the library's book share stand and marked up the book, including children's books, with vulgar words and pictures.

This was the last straw for Kranjak.

So, she started the Eastlake Block Watch. She said several neighbors have volunteered to help patrol the park.

"We have volunteers across the city who will drive through and walk through," Krajnak said.

News 5 took her concerns to Police Chief Larry Reik, who said due to budget cuts there are only three officers working a shift for the whole city, and they're doing their best to patrol the park.

City officials are now looking into the cost of installing cameras.

"If people think there are cameras there, then hopefully they won't do the negative all together," Reik said.

News 5 reached out to the Service Department, which oversees the park, but the service director did not wish to comment.