Vandalism of any sort is worrisome, but when the destruction affects the enjoyment of children, it makes people angry.
At approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department received a phone call concerning vandalism at the Bowling Green Ball Park.
The caller reported that a small, red car had just left the ball park after destroying it, and was headed west on State Road 46 toward the junction of SR 46 and SR 59, at an extreme high rate of speed.
State Police and the Vigo County Sheriff's Department were notified of the possible vandals/speeders.
Susie Thomas, a resident of Bowling Green who lives near the park, went to investigate the damage on Thursday morning. During a phone interview, she was very agitated.
"Who ever did this, it was cruel," Thomas said. "They did donuts all over the playing field, tore up the grass and left deep gouges in the ground. It's going to take some work to make it smooth again so the kids can play ball."
The kids she's referring to come from Vigo, Parke, Owen and Clay counties to play in leagues in Bowling Green.
"These kids come here because we stress good sportsmanship over winning games, and because the atmosphere is so supportive," Thomas said. "We charge a small fee of $15 to play in our league, and we have eight local sponsors who pay $85 a year. That basically covers our light bill and mowing here at the ball park. This park has been a blessing to us, and to think someone destroyed it makes me really upset."
To Thomas, the vandalism wasn't a random act.
"This had to be deliberate," Thomas said. "We have purposely installed posts around the park so that cars and four-wheelers can't get onto the field. There was one small area without posts that the mower could get through. They entered the field in that area. They took time to decide to do this, enough time that they could've changed their minds."
Officials at the Clay County Sheriff Department said the investigation into the vandalism remains open. If anyone has information about this incident, contact the Clay County Sheriffs Department 446-2535.
If interested in donating to the ball park clean-up fund, contact Susie Thomas, 835-3004.