Dad cleans up glass

Summerland resident Howie Johnson was about to sit down for dinner Tuesday night when he received a call from a friend, who told him a bunch of glass was strewn over the kids' play area at Dale Meadows sports fields.

The friend was unable to go, so Johnson dropped everything and went.

"I am a father of three little girls who play at that park and I am also a softball player at those fields," he said. "So I know just how many children frequent that park, especially with ball season approaching."

When Johnson got there, he found a Smirnoff Ice bottle smashed to bits and then very obviously thrown or placed around the play area.

He collected as much as he possibly could into a bag.

When he got to the top of the play structure, he kneeled down to pick up pieces there and noticed the pieces at the top of the slides and on the tops of the hand holds on the climbing area.

'I did a quick scan over the entire park, where I found many more pieces in the sand, and I finished up by taking my snow brush from my vehicle and sweeping as much of the miniscule pieces up as possible and then doing the slides as well," he said.

The concerned father also cut his hand, while picking up the glass but said it was a superficial wound.

"I have pretty calloused hands from work, but those shards could have injured a child."

Johnson also took pictures of the shards and posted information on Facebook to bring the situation to the attention of other local parents.

"I know the power of social media, but it definitely went much further than I expected," he said. "It's nice to see so many others that care. Just the amount of shares my post has received is slowly restoring my faith in humanity again after such a sickening display.

All in all, I'm just happy to believe that I may have helped curb any children from being injured."

District of Summerland employees and an RCMP officer were at the playground Wednesday morning to investigate and make sure there was no more glass scattered around.

Sgt. Stephane Lacroix, said Thursday, there was no glass found at any other parks and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Summerland RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers.


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