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Recent Increase in Acts of Vandalism at the Teaneck Creek Calls for Help from the Community

Teaneck Creek Conservancy and Bergen County Parks Department needs your help to prevent vandalism and apprehend individuals who vandalize our recreational facilities and art installations.  In the past year we have seen escalating acts including; destruction of sculptures and art installations, damage to the fence in the Meditative Peace Labyrinth, fires set in the outdoor classroom and most recently two large scale fires burning multiple acres which put homes on Sandra and Demarest Place in jeopardy.

Vandals are threatening our park!  After years of hard work cleaning up the 46 acres of rubbish and trash, ruthless individuals now threaten this hard work.  The Teaneck Creek Conservancy has given us so much pleasure allowing us to enjoy the many species of birds, butterflies and wildlife while strolling leisurely through the park.  We are calling on all citizens to help preserve nature’s beauty from these vandals’ destruction.  Let’s stand together to see that our park will long endure for many generations, along with the lovely artifacts that have been added there.

During the two most recent large-scale fires, Teaneck Fire fighters responded and during the challenging job of combating the most recent blaze away from traditional water sources, two fire fighters were injured.

 

Since the inception of TCC’s partnership with Bergen County, the 46 acres have been primarily maintained by the Weed Warriors, an all-volunteer trail maintenance team.  In general, the Weed Warriors spend at least 25 percent of their time cleaning up after or repairing areas affected by vandalism.

George Reskakis DDS, longtime Teaneck resident and leader of the Weed Warriors shared, “It is very distressing that the tranquility of such a wonderful place has been disturbed by the actions of a few misguided individuals.  I look forward to working with the police to help arrest and prosecute those involved. “

Devery Volpe, Executive Director of TCC added, “Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. A few minutes of destructive "fun" can add up to huge losses for our parks. Vandalism takes dollars away from recreational programs and facilities. It costs money to repair or replace whatever a vandal's actions have destroyed. “

Help Stop Vandalism! Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism:

Become involved, much like a traditional Neighborhood Watch program, Teaneck Creek Conservancy asks residents to assume responsibility for the activities taking place in and around their park in order to help prevent crime and vandalism, to alleviate suspicious activities in parks, and to keep the park safe for everyone.  Spread the word in your community and help teach children to "see" the value of parks facilities and programs in their lives.

Report what you see to Crime Stoppers, the community-based program that brings the public, the media and the police together in a cooperative effort to help solve crime. This is accomplished by offering cash rewards and guaranteeing anonymity to citizens who furnish information leading to the arrest of offenders. Tri-Community Crime Stoppers is made up of civilian volunteers from Teaneck, Hackensack and Bergenfield. A police detective from each of the respective communities presents the crime stoppers board with information obtained from citizens that resulted in the arrest of an offender. The Board provides the award. If you have information you want to provide call (201) 833-4222.

Always call 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress, including vandalism. If you have information about a crime that has occurred at the park, but that does not require an immediate police response, please call Teaneck Police at (201) 837-2600.

About Teaneck Creek Conservancy

The Teaneck Creek Conservancy is a member-supported 501 (c), non-profit organization dedicated to the reclamation and protection of the Teaneck Creek watershed. Since 2001, the Teaneck Creek Conservancy has been working hard to transform a once-neglected dumpsite into a place of natural beauty. In a unique collaboration between public and private partners, the 46 acres of the Conservancy have been transformed into a beautiful park complete with almost two miles of groomed trails, an outdoor classroom for learning, and a Peace Labyrinth for quiet reflection. We appreciate your support by becoming a member or volunteering your time. Visit www.teaneckcreek.org or call 201-836-2403.

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