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Leesburg park receives security equipment after vandals strike

Jeremy Morey Jeremy Morey

Lee County officials will install new security equipment this week after vandals repeatedly targeted a park for kids with special needs. Leesburg Police say they're stepping up patrols. 

Some new equipment is coming to the Butterfly Kiss Special Play Park, off East 2nd Avenue in Leesburg. But it's equipment to help protect the park.

"We've had vandalism with the restrooms, some minor damage to the equipment and mainly, not any property destruction, but just abusing the facilities that we have," said Jeremy Morey, the Lee County Parks and Recreation Director.

Most recently, a 15 year-old is accused of causing minor damage to this wheelchair swing.

"The juvenile was charged. He's going to be charged with criminal trespass. Even though the damage did not exceed $500, it is a misdemeanor," said Lt. James Vick with the Leesburg Police Department.

Morey says this week they're installing motion lights and four cameras. "People are very passionate about it and so are we so we want to maintain what we've achieved and what the people that did the fundraiser achieved for it," said Morey.

The park was built three years ago after some community members won$50,000 in a contest to start the park and it's become a big asset to the community.

"The kids enjoy coming out. The people in the neighborhood love watching the kids come out and have a good time and the parents have a place to go for their kids, specifically designed for them. So that's our main goal, to make sure this property is safe and the kids are able to use it," said Lt. Vick.
And park officials are hoping the new security features will either deter vandals or catch them in their tracks.

Morey says they already have the motion lights and cameras, it all just needs to be installed.


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