St Kevin's College head groundskeeper Allan Grant repairs a
damaged school sports field. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
Vandals who damaged a sports field at St Kevin's College
have been accused of taking advantage of the school's open-door
policy, intended to allow public access to sports facilities.
Just a month after hoons ripped up huge sections of the
Weston Sportsground by driving a motor vehicle over the
grass, a similar incident on Sunday night was reported at St
Kevin's College in Oamaru.
School principal Paul Olsen said the vandals had caused
"significant" damage to the school's No1 cricket field and
running track, but staff had immediately sprung into action
to help mitigate the damage.
Mr Olsen said he was "hopeful" that with a good growing
season, the damage would not interfere with upcoming cricket
"It's very disappointing when you have pristine grounds that
you take such pride in that vandals would show so little
respect for the property.
"We have almost park-like grounds, so we try to have easy
access and try to be quite welcoming in terms of public
access to share the facilities, and it is just disappointing
that a small group of people really abuse the privilege.
"If locals do see this sort of activity happening, they
should feel free to involve the police."
Head groundskeeper Allan Grant said the wheel ruts had been
filled with soil but because the vandals had driven through
running track lines, which had been treated with a poison to
stop grass growing, the full extent of the damage would not
be known for several months.
"There's no telling where that will end up.
"We could have dead spots anywhere."