Garfield Park vandalism revives security camera discussion
EVERETT - A City Council member wants to reopen the conversation on installing security cameras in parks after someone burned the playground equipment at Garfield Park on Sunday, May 19.
Councilman Scott Bader, whose family goes to Garfield Park, said last week he wants to consider video monitoring.
Last year, Garfield Park’s bathroom was set on fire.
“Fires are something our tax dollars shouldn’t have to repair and something our citizens shouldn’t have to put up with,” Bader said.
Councilman Ron Gipson agreed last week and asked the city to update the council on the cameras topic.
The parks department last brought a proposal to the council in 2011 asking to install 50 cameras in eight of Everett’s most popular parks. At the time, the city wasn’t able to secure the state grant money it needed to fund the project but was interested in putting up cameras as money became available.
Replacing Garfield Park’s playground equipment reportedly will cost $10,000.
Police Department detectives believe the midnight fire was arson, and officers detained and soon released a few juveniles after questioning them about the fire, department spokesman officer Aaron Snell said last week. No arrests have been made.
One of the more egregious vandalism cases at an Everett park happened in 2007 when someone torched the slide at Clark Park.
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