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The mayor of Clayville says several people have come to the rescue of the Nancy Sheppard Memorial Park after it was vandalized in recent months.
Mayor Terry Dote says several people and organizations are donating thousands of dollars and offering their time to work on the park and do the necessary repairs. Donors include former Clayville resident Brian Revere, who now lives in Texas, as well as Sauquoit Valley Friends and Neighbors, and The Sauquoit Valley Foundation.
On May 16, Dote announced that an estimated $7,500 worth of damage had been done to the park, including vandalism to playground equipment, picnic tables and trash cans. In terms of insurance, it would likely be considered a total loss, Dote said.
It's unknown when exactly the vandalism occurred, but it's believed to have been done in April or May.
Dote also said at that time that the park was closed and would likely remain closed throughout the whole summer. Now, the mayor says he’s touched by the outpouring of support that came out of a negative situation.
“A local family who grew up and still lives in this area, one of the brothers lives in Texas, and he's offered, on behalf of his family, $7500 as a personal donation to help make upgrades in the park,” Dote said. “And two young 10-year-old girls held a lemonade stand on Saturday. Each year they hold a lemonade stand to donate money to different causes, and this year, the village of Clayville park was the lucky recipient.”
The mayor says the repairs will be done at the park and they’re aiming for a July 4 re-opening.
Authorities have not yet found those responsible for the vandalism. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office at 315-768-7804, or call Mayor Terry Dote at 315-839-6222.