Vandal destroys city lights

Twenty-three lights in Waterfront Park were destroyed by a vandal, causing about $23,000 in damage, and could take until spring 2018 to fix.

It was Wednesday morning, between 4 a.m. and day break when the lights along Okanagan Lake were smashed.

“Majority of the lenses were smashed to these little pot lights along the walk way and some of the actual molds that hold the lights in place were smashed and knocked right off,” said Ted Sophonow, Operations Supervisor at City of Kelowna.

“It really was a disappointing thing to find for staff come Wednesday morning.”

The lights do have a thick glass around them that would be difficult to break.

“It would take a lot of force to break one of those lenses, they are very thick, obviously something with a very hard object such as a hammer or something with a tough metal component to it that would take a bit of force,” said Sophonow

The pot lights were custom made in Kelowna.

“Pretty expensive hit we took with these lights,” he said.

Sophonow said vandalism doesn’t happen very often in the park and it is quite unusual.

“We don’t have any leads at this point to who may have done the damage. We do have a report into RCMP,” he said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is being encouraged to contact Kelowna RCMP.

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