OKLAHOMA CITY — Police are looking for a group of skateboarders allegedly responsible for causing hundreds of dollars in damages to a fountain at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
According to Oklahoma City police, back in January, a group of skateboards caused significant damage to a fountain at the Myriad Botanical Gardens after riding on it.
"The damage it's caused makes me get outside on a cold day like this and talk to you guys when I'd rather be inside,” Jim Vidmar, vice president of communications and marketing for the Myriad Botanical Gardens, said jokingly.
Jokes aside though, staff at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Oklahoma City police want to speak with the group of skateboarders in several photos captured by a staff member. The group allegedly caused damage to the fountain on the north side of the property by riding on it.
"Unfortunately, we've sustained some damage on the fountain, both the north and the south end, some cracked granite from skateboarding activities, some people kind of climbing up there,” Vidmar said.
Officials with the Myriad Botanical Gardens said the group has repeatedly been asked to stop riding on the foundation by staff members. However, they keep going back.
"Right now, we just need the public's help in identifying who those individuals are,” Officer Megan Morgan with the OCPD said.
Staff at the gardens hope someone recognizes them and calls police, because they’re ready for the constant disrespect of the property to stop.
"We're really concerned for people's safety in the park and hope that they can come out and enjoy the park, enjoy how beautiful it is,” Vidmar said.
Another reason for concern is the fact that fixing the chopped up granite won’t be cheap. It’ll cost the gardens nearly $2,000.
"We're fortunate to receive operational resources from the city of Oklahoma City, also from our visitors, our guests,” Vidmar said. “We want to be able to use those resources, continuing to develop more programming, develop the garden, make beautiful spots for people to enjoy, opposed to using those resources for repairs and damage and things of that nature.
If you recognize the people in the photos, call CrimeStoppers at (405) 235-7300.