By Wayne Allen
July 30, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Workers with the city of Portsmouth Service Department have removed the temporary fence surrounding the playground in Tracy Park, after it has been repeatedly torn down by vandals.
In March a sizable tree in the park came up by its roots and smashed a large portion of the playground.
“I took it (temporary fence) because nobody left it up, they kept tearing it down,” said Bill Beaumont, city service director. “We do have the replacement parts (for the playground) here at the garage, they came in Friday afternoon.”
Beaumont said, he has been in contact with Gametime, the company that will be installing the replacement parts, about trying to schedule a time in which they can come to town and do the work.
“They said they were going to get everything together on their end and would let me know when they were coming to assemble it,” Beaumont said.
Beaumont said it may be a couple of weeks before a crew would arrive in town to do the work.
In June Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth President John Johnson told the Daily Times that it will cost $12,500 to fix the damaged playground in Tracy Park.
Johnson said the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth is responsible for replacing all of the custom items that were damaged on the playground.
According to, July 24 edition of, The Rambler, a weekly newsletter produced by the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth and distributed to its members states, “the smokestack caps and banner are both completed and being painted. After repairs are completed the playground committee will meet to discuss what else needs to be done.”
“It’s still recommended that people stay off of the structure,” Beaumont said.
He said people have not been listening to that advice. He said a crew would set the temporary fence up and by the next morning it would be torn down.
“Sometimes it did not take two hours before it’s torn down. It usually depends on what day it is,” Beaumont said.
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