Kiddie Barn slashed

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A senseless act of vandalism that occurred the night of Aug. 29 has left Mariners Centre general manager Gil Dares, and many others who heard about the incident, upset and angry.

Dave Clayton, facilities and operations manager at the Mariners Centre, examines one of the slashes in the Kiddie Barn. The structure was vandalized the night of Aug. 29.

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Someone with a sharp blade walked the length of the kiddie barn structure near the Mariners Centre, slicing the fabric.

Dares estimates the damage will cost many thousands to repair.

“It’s so stupid,” he said.

“We had someone here around 7:30 last night but they didn’t notice anything then and the first contractors on site this morning noticed it had been cut. They gutted it like a fish.”

Several long gashes can be seen on the backside of the 33-feet-by-60-feet dome shaped structure.

Dares says over his three years with the Mariners Centre his biggest disappointment has been the times he’s noticed people not treating the facility with respect.

“They own it. It’s their facility,” he said.

“This is disheartening. Here we are doing our best to make this as affordable as possible for everyone to use. Now this has to happen and we have to repair it.”

The Cover-All building is used for storage the majority of the time, but during the annual Western Nova Scotia Exhibition it is used as the Kiddie Barn.

Anyone with any knowledge of this crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers (1-800-222-8477) or the town RCMP detachment at 902-742-8777.

Organizations: Kiddie Barn, Mariners Centre, The Cover Western Nova Scotia Exhibition CrimeStoppers RCMP

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