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Vandalism in excess of $10,000 reported at Geneva Lakefront Park: Benches, picnic table heavily damaged

A handful of memorial benches and picnic tables were vandalized in Geneva at the Lakefront park.

The city’s Public Works Department estimates that replacement cost to be in excess of $10,000.

The city says it’s going to work with vendors to remove the graffiti and make repairs. One of the bronze plaques from a bench is even missing.

“Our crews often find and correct small property damages however, in my two years as Director of Public Works we have not witnessed this amount of deliberate destruction and damage to public property,” Public Works Director Joseph Venuti said. “It is unfortunate not only because these acts are very disrespectful to the families that support the program, the replacement cost is estimated to be more than $10,000.”

The damage was reported early-Monday. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Geneva Police Department at (315) 828-6771.