Just two months before the Cayman Islands Football Association’s season kicked off, a community member vandalized the Donovan Rankine playground in the East End.
âBetween November 2 and 6, a vehicle was driven onto the playing field and recklessly destroyed the field while driving at high speed, in circles,â said athletic director Kurt Hyde. Cayman Compass.
The natural grass pitch, which was built in 1995, is home to the East End United Football Club and as a result of last month’s “reckless” act, the turf was left with fewer grass tracks and of tires.
According to Hyde, the community facility is also used for students involved in after-school athletic programs; noting that the East End community should help “be vigilant” and also alert authorities “to any suspicious behavior by people”.
“It is unfortunate that some people do not recognize the importance and the privilege [of having] facilities such as the Donovan Rankine Playground in their communities, âHyde said.
He added that his department was continuing CCTV coverage and had since requested “frequent patrols” from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Department.
Additionally, Hyde said the pitch is currently under repair with plans to keep vehicle doors locked, only pedestrians having access to them when football games are not in progress.
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