Vandals targeted the covered bridge which spans Hodges Branch in South Veterans Memorial Park earlier this week and caused extensive damage to it and to the nearby gazebo.
The bridge was made by city employees and has stood for nearly three years in the park and served as a reminder to the remaining covered bridges located in the county.
Earlier this week, Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey and city parks director Danny Mathews toured the park and were dismayed at the extent of the damage.
“I am just beside myself about this most recent act of disregard of property. Whoever did this really had to work at it to cause this much damage,” Mathews said.
He continued by saying that a number of spindles were also removed from the gazebo a short distance away.
“It is going to cost nearly $3,500 to make the necessary repairs to the bridge and the gazebo. It’s a shame that this park has again been targeted by vandals,” Mathews said.
Police chief Craig Tucker said that officers are working to find the person or individuals responsible and will hold them accountable.
“We are actively investigating this matter and officers are pursuing a couple of leads at this time,” Tucker said.
“This is a very sad situation and not the first time damage has been realized in the park. We really need the public’s help to keep the parks a safe and enjoyable place for all,” Mathews said.
Anyone with information regarding the recent damage or to volunteer to be a member of the parks patrol, are asked to contact the RPD at (765) 932.3907.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.