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Colonial Acres residents offer reward for finding playground vandals

Colonial Acres residents offer reward for finding playground vandals
The community association in Colonial Acres is offering a $500 reward for information regarding who may have vandalized the playground in the neighborhood recently. (Courtesy of Tim Snee)

The graffiti may be gone, but the frustration remains.

Residents of the Colonial Acres neighborhood in Bel Air South are hoping to find the culprit behind graffiti scrawled throughout the community's playground, which was recently upgraded.

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"We are offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the identification of the person/persons," Tim Snee, president of the Colonial Acres Community Association, said in an e-mail sent last week, calling the vandalism "senseless."

An effort to clean up the graffiti drew about 20 people to the park, off East Ring Factory Road, last Wednesday night, he said.

"We were able to get most of it off with just some elbow grease," he said. "I was pleasantly surprised."

Snee grew up in the neighborhood and said the park has seen "small incidents," but the extensive graffiti was "a little more bizarre than normal."

"It was just shocking because we have tried to upgrade the playground," he said.

Much of the equipment has been replaced or upgraded in the past five years, he said. The volunteer association raised about $5,000 to also put in trees, benches and mulch around the park.

The playground gets used not just by neighborhood children but from people passing through along Ring Factory Road, he said.

"We welcome that, too. It's there for everyone to use, as long as they respect it," Snee said.

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