“You’re taking from the kids who actually love to go there and do something,” says Orme, who coaches baseball.
She says it makes her angry when she takes children to the field to find glass all over the place.
Orme says a couple of months following Halloween the orange clubhouse was damaged. The doors were kicked in.
Anthony Corkum, president of the Liverpool Baseball Club, says the destruction is unfortunate. He adds it’s not about the cost of repairs but the time it takes to do them.
Corkum says there’s a lot of glass and broken bottles on the fields.
“It’s a secluded spot, hard for the RCMP to keep track of it,” he says about why people would choose that location.
Helping to make the grounds more isolated is the fact the fields have to be accessed by foot.
“And it’s not very well lit at all,” says Corkum.
During the baseball season, the fields get used regularly – every night and nearly each weekend.
There are three fields in the baseball park. The Region of Queens manages the Thorbourne Field. The Liverpool Baseball Club owns the C. Murray Smith field and the Mersey Amateur Athletic Association owns the Danny Seaman field.
Staff Sgt. Jeff Wells, with the Queens RCMP detachment, says there has been not only damage at the baseball park but also at the Hank Snow building and damage done to the Sobeys’ sign. He says the Corner Kwik-Way in Milton had the window smashed.
“We have persons of interest,” says Staff Sgt. Wells.
He says although there’s no “hard evidence,” the RCMP suspects two or three male youth are responsible. According to Staff Sgt. Wells, the damage is being done in the evening, not late at night.
“I’m looking at the parents to do the right thing and bring these kids forward,” he says.
“Why they’re doing it, I have no idea. Your guess is as good as mine.”
These types of acts could result in a charge of damage to property, which Staff Sgt. Wells says is serious.