After spending scores of hours creating a community garden, a Hilton girl scout troop will now have to spend more time repairing it following a series of vandalisms.
With plants, a rest area and even games, Hilton’s Girl Scout Troop 60450 has discovered a love for gardening.
“One thing that I find fun about gardening is watching them grow over time," Girl Scout Jessica North said. "We just planted them as seeds and now they’re already starting to grow, and ripen.”
It took them a year to create the community garden at the town of Parma Park.
“We went to multiple town board meetings to see if it was okay and to find a spot," Girl Scout Samantha Sarnowski said. "And then actually getting our hands dirty and gardening, that was very exciting, and decorating. It was just a lot of fun.”
They unveiled it to the public this summer.
“Animals are coming and eating them, so not only are we feeding the hungry people in Rochester, we’re also feeding the animals apparently,” Sarnowski said.
Not long after, the community garden was vandalized. Not once or twice, but now four times as of last week, according to one of the troop’s co-leaders.
“These are the stepping stones, and we actually had hopscotch over here, but those were smashed too,” Sarnowski said.
Pieces of destroyed rock were scattered everywhere, lights were pulled from the ground and ornaments were broken.
“It’s very upsetting that somebody would do this after we worked so hard on the garden,” Sarnowski said.
The scouts are just hoping the culprit or culprits come forward and take responsibility.
“If they just did this, I’d like an apology and for them to help us pick it up,” Sarnowski said.
After all, they’d hate for their toil to be spoiled.
“We don’t want to have to shut it down because of the vandalism, and it would just be very upsetting if we had to shut it down,” Sarnowski said.