PORT HAWKESBURY: The RCMP is trying to find out who is responsible for recent damage to the Port Hawkesbury Community Park.

On February 21, Port Hawkesbury RCMP received a complaint about damage to the playground and water park area on MacQuarrie Drive.

“The damage appears to have been caused by an ATV being operated in an area that is not designated for ATV use,” RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Dal Hutchinson told The Reporter via e-mail.

Hutchinson said the incident was reported to police one week after it occurred.

Following the Town of Port Hawkesbury’s monthly council meeting last week, Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton expressed her disappointment.

“Certainly vandalism is upsetting and I think what makes it even doubly upsetting to people in this community is that the community park was built in a day by the people who live in the Town of Port Hawkesbury and people that live near the Town of Port Hawkesbury,” said Chisholm-Beaton.

Chisholm-Beaton said between 400 and 500 people showed up to help on the day the park was constructed.

“It was an incredible process and it just gave everybody a feeling of what we can do, what we’re capable of doing together with our own two hands,” she said.

Although the mayor does not yet know what the cost will be to repair the damage from the ATV tracks, she believes those responsible should be held accountable.

“We don’t know who has done that, but certainly I think they should be made to come and repair their damage if we ever do find out who it was,” she said.

The RCMP has not yet received any information regarding the investigation. They are asking anyone with information to contact the Port Hawkesbury RCMP or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.