Residents in one Del City neighborhood were shocked to find over half of their community garden destroyed.
It happened late last week in the Epperly Heights neighborhood. The park is located next to the Epperly Heights Elementary School.
“It was very upsetting, very disturbing,” resident Mark Inscoe said. “This is ours. Don’t do this. This is for our neighbors.”
Inscoe told News 9 a hammer was left at the scene and the sprinkler system was also damaged. Fresh produce was smashed and plants were uprooted.
“They tried to mess up the picnic tables we have under our pavilion,” Inscoe said. “They damaged our watermelons that were growing. We had a small pumpkin patch that got stomped down. Some of the plants, they just pulled them out.”
The Epperly Height’s community garden is being credited for a recent revitalization. A once abandoned neighborhood park, thanks to something as small as a garden, is turning things around.
“This has just brought life and brings people back out there,” Inscoe said. “You will come by and see people tending to the garden even though it doesn’t belong to one single person.”
A neighborhood community watch program has been established to help ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.
The City of Del City has since installed a new water line for residents.
OG&E will soon be installing lights, News 9 has learned.