Scituate park vandalized before tree lighting event

SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — Scituate residents look for answers after vandals damage a local park built as a tribute to the town’s supportive community spirit.

The nonprofit Hope Associates acquired the land in 2002 and built the Hope Village Green Park and Gazebo. David Ellingwood, a member of the organization described the vandalism as “very discouraging.”

This was the second time the park, which cost $250,000 to build, was vandalized in the past few months.

“When people come down and rip it apart, it’s very disappointing…I don’t know how to explain it,” Ellingwood said.

The park hosts a Christmas tree lighting every year Thanksgiving weekend. Ellingwood stated that he was focused on making sure everything was fixed before this year’s event.

“There’s probably a couple hundred people coming, and the children line up and come and see Santa and have a great time,” said Ellingwood.

In the meantime, he asked that neighbors be on the look out for anything suspicious and for vandals to stay away.