It was vandalism – not the thrashing thunderstorm – that destroyed fences and benches at Larchmont’s Manor Park on Friday, May 8. Click here for more photos of the destruction.
Split rail fences were ripped out and thrown into the Sound, a commemorative bench was tossed onto the rocks and parts of other benches were knocked out or broken off. A rail was torn from one gazebo.
Heavy force must have been used in some cases to dislodge the fence posts from their cement footings. Some of the masonry sustained damage as well.
Beer bottles on the floor of a damaged gazebo may be a clue to what fueled the vandalism.
Larchmont Village police were investigating, having been alerted to the destruction by a resident walking the park at 7:20 am on Saturday, May 9.
“Nothing makes me sicker than vandalism and destruction of public property,” said Mayor Liz Feld when apprised of the incident. “If I could, I would build stocks in front of Village Hall and haul in the vandals.”
Though open to the public, the park is owned by the Larchmont Manor Park Society, a private neighborhood association. Karin Sherman, who assumes the association presidency today at the society’s annual meeting, said there is always a “rash” of vandalism in the spring.
“But this is a lot different,” she said. “I don’t ever recall anything as bad as this.”
Click here for more photos of the destruction, taken on May 10 by Paula Eisenberg.