Vandalism to Dublin Playgrounds Cost Over 120,000 Euros in 2009

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 by Administrator

Swings stolen, play units burnt down, slides covered in human excrement... this is just a selection of incidents of vandalism to playgrounds in the Dublin region in 2009. Freedom of information requests from Dublinbynumbers show that three Local Authorities in Dublin and the Office of Public Works paid 121186 Euros to repair damage to playgrounds by vandals in 2009. This figure does not include vandalism to playgrounds in South Dublin County Council (who were only able to provide overall figures for maintenance of playgrounds) and excludes the cost incurred when the damage was not repaired or replaced (such as the complete destruction of the playground in O'Devaney Gardens). [caption id="attachment_234" align="aligncenter" width="537" caption="Burnt Out Playground Unit at Phoenix Park Photograph Courtesy of the Office of Public Works"]Playground Unit Burnt Out at Phoenix Park[/caption] The three most expensive incidences of vandalism include the burning of a playground in Swords which cost Fingal County Council 40,000 Euros to repair, the burning of a play unit at the playground at the Visitors Centre in the Phoenix Park which cost the Office of Public Works 21222 Euros and the burning of a unit at the playground at St Anne's Park, which cost Dublin City Council 19,950 Euros. In 2008 the burning of Belcamp Park in Priorswood cost 150,000 Euros to repair. Full details of responses from local authorities and the OPW can be viewed here (Google Doc spreadsheet) Here are responses from Local Authorities on Scribd. Total Cost of Vandalism to Local Authorities and the OPW
Cost of Vandalism to Playgrounds in 2009
Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown County Council 15584
Dublin City Council*** 19950
Office of Public Works^ 23722.45
Fingal County Council*^ 61929.15
South Dublin County Council**^^
total 121185.6
Details of Damage to Playgrounds by Fingal County Council (all Dublin local authority and OPW details here)
Date Location of Playground Details of Vandalism/Damage Details of Repairs (if available) Cost of Repairs (approx)
February 2009 Bayside Graffiti on multi unit see saw and swings Removed by direct labour 26
March 2009 Bayside Graffiti on multi unit swings Removed by direct labour 26
May 2009 Bayside Swing stolen Replaced by contractor 397.25
Nov 2009 Bayside Bin insert burnt Removed by direct labour 6
March 2009 Seagrange Graffiti on junior multi unit Removed by direct labour 13
November 2009 Seagrange 3 Pencil Tops Cut Repaired by contractor 346.18
Oct 2009 Seagrange Basket Swing Burnt Removed
Oct 2009 Seagrange Two Bins burned and vandalised Removed by direct labour 26
Oct 2009 Seagrange Top of Pencil burnt Repaired by direct labour 13
February 2009 Howth Graffiti on multi unit, junior multi unit, swings and bins Removed by direct labour 26
March 2009 Howth Graffiti on multi unit and bins Removed by direct labour 13
April 2009 Howth Graffiti on multi unit, swings and sail boat Removed by direct labour 26
May 2009 Howth Graffiti on basket swing Removed by direct labour 13
July 2009 Howth Pendant of sail boat stolen Replaced
July 2009 Howth Caps on multi unit stolen Replaced
November 2009 Howth Graffiti on multi unit and sail boat Removed by direct labour 13
11 July 2009 and 2 October 2009 Malahide Demesne Hags Unit Repaired by direct labour 52
9th May 2009 Malahide Demesne Tower Slide Cleaned by Gum Busters (Human Excrement) Removed 232.68
26th June 2009 Seabury Bins Burnt
13th Aug 2009 Seabury Basket Swing vandalised Not being replaced
June 2009 Seabury Bins replaced Replaced by direct labour 1039
June 2009 Seabury Wet Pour surface replaced Replaced 363.2
June 2009 Seabury Gates and other equipments Repaired 3405
Ongoing Seabury Graffiti Removal by direct labour 416
Aug 2009 St Annes Seasaw Repaired 280.67
St Annes Replace Frogs, Cradle pod seats and chains Replace
2009 Swords Damage to playground caused by fire Repair 40000
2009 Rivermeade Damage – Swings Repair 400
2009 Santry Damage - playground Repaired 300
2009 Ridgewood Damage to swing seats and wet pour surface Repaired
2009 Newbridge Repairs Repaired
August 2009 Skerries New board on unit Replaced 898.02
August 2009 Skerries Surface Repair Repaired 959.08
May 2009 Skerries Wet Pour Surface Repaired 144.72
November 2009 Chapel Gate, Balbriggan Damage to Red Sail Replace 567.67
August 2009 Chapel Gate, Balbriggan Graffiti &  gum removal Removal 766.13
2009 St Catherine's, Rush Surface Repair Repaired 1469.83
2009 St Catherine's, Rush Surface Repair Clean gum Repaired 1191.75
2009 St Catherine's, Rush Wet Pour Surface Repaired 144.72
2009 Tyrellstown Damage to Wet Pour Surface, Swings and Main gate Repaired and replaced 4500
Total 58074.9
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