Mansfield Parks & Recreation Searching For "Bathroom Bandits"

Alan Scaia
February 13, 2020 - 7:47 am
Clayton W. Chandler Park Vandalism

Credit: Mansfield Parks and Recreation


MANSFIELD (1080 KRLD) - The Mansfield Department of Parks and Recreation says vandals have set fires and lit fireworks inside the bathrooms of two parks.

The department says someone damaged the bathrooms at Clayton W. Chandler Park earlier this week and Katherine Rose Memorial Park on Wednesday.

At Katherine Rose Memorial Park, the department says someone lit fireworks in the toilets "causing considerable damage." The bathrooms will be closed Thursday, but the park will stay open. Mansfield Parks and Rec says repairs will take several days, so temporary restrooms are being brought to the park.

Prior to the damage at Katherine Rose Memorial Park, Mansfield Parks and Rec says similar damage was caused at Clayton W. Chandler Park. The department says 25 employees are responsible for maintaining 1,000 acres of parkland in the city, including mowing, landscaping and maintenance at all parks, city property and road medians.

"And on a day like today, already dealing with flooding and debris from the recent storms, this kind of vandalism is even more frustrating," the department wrote in a Facebook post. "Our Parks Superintendent said it’s the worst he’s seen in his twenty years in the industry, and while we normally love to set records this is not a milestone we are proud to have set."

The department says it has received offers to help clean up from "our bathroom bandits," but because hazardous materials are involved, only professionals can be involved.

Mansfield police say they are now looking at surveillance video and ask anyone with information to call them at (817) 473-0211.