CFB Esquimalt sports fields targeted by vandals

Parks vandalized near Naden on Colville Road since 2012

CFB Esquimalt base commander Capt. (N) Steve Waddell has had enough of wanton vandalism at military recreation facilities.

Waddell, in a letter to the Victoria News, said since 2012 vandals have been vandalizing base sports fields located near Naden on Colville Road.

“I use the word vandalism but that really does not adequately describe the extent of it: Hundreds of metal spikes and pieces of barbed wire have been buried in the surface of these fields.  Clearly this is more than just a prank meant to inconvenience users,” Waddell said.

Both military members and the public use the field on a regular basis.

Waddell is at a loss of words why the fields are being targeted. “I have no idea why someone would repeatedly carry out such a despicable act,” he said.

The military police are investigating the vandalism, but Waddell is also seeking public assistance in finding those responsible.

“For our community partners, I want to continue making the fields available for organized sporting use; rest assured I will do whatever I can to offer a safe environment,” he said.

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