Park Pavilion Faces Demolition Due to Ongoing Vandalism Issues

After enduring years of extensive and inappropriate vandalism, the City of Midland Parks and Recreation Commission has unanimously recommended the demolition of the Chippewassee Park pavilion, including the removal of picnic tables and the concrete slab. The decision follows a surge in vandalism incidents, with issues escalating this year. Vandalism ranged from graffiti to broken glass, bodily fluids, structural damage, and harm to nearby play structure slides. Despite efforts to curb vandalism, monitoring the pavilion, located in a relatively secluded area of Chippewassee Park, proved challenging. The recommendation now awaits City Council approval. The city intends to install more cameras at Chippewassee Park and explore alternatives for public gatherings currently hosted at the pavilion.