For the uninitiated, Fadden Pines is a lovely, popular park that is widely used by families and community groups from all over Tuggeranong. The government has spent quite a lot of money ensuring modern, enticing facilities and has attempted to provide a range of playground equipment that is appealing to kids of all ages.
Over the years, I have watched as vandals have systematically destroyed the park; wrecking all of the equipment on the older kid’s playground (which is now just some useless structures where the rides used to be), spraying obscene graffiti all over the toilet black, leaving human/canine excrement on various parts of the little kid’s playground, smashing bottles/leaving broken glass everywhere and vandalising the BBQ facilities and rubbish bins.
But they have really outdone themselves over Easter.
One entire part of the playground (which is only 18 months old) has been closed, because some of our lovely local youths have driven a stolen car right into the middle of the play area and torched the car -thus rendering the entire playground structure unusable. This structure is extremely popular and I just can’t believe they would wreck something that provides so much joy to the local kids.
I notice that the government is constructing some fantastic new basketball courts in Macarthur (just near the now-defunct preschool), but I feel like writing to them and suggesting that they should save their money; because the beautiful new facilities will undoubtedly be destroyed before too long.
I am noticing more and more smashed bottles around the streets, more graffiti and far more blatant vandalisation around the place, which I find very worrying. Maybe I’m getting getting old and becoming one of those grumpy old people who bemoans the ‘youth of today’ … or maybe things really are getting worse around Canberra; has anybody else noticed the decline?