According to a press release from Georgetown County, the Stables Park field complex off Petigru Drive in Pawleys Island has been temporarily closed after some of their fields were damaged in an act of vandalism.
Employees are working to repair the fields after a vehicle was driven onto them, destroying the grass and possibly damaging the irrigation system.
The extent of the damage is being investigated and estimates are being put together at this time.
Georgetown County Parks and Recreation fall sports, including soccer, will have to be moved to another location for the start of the season until the fields are repaired.
“It’s very disappointing that someone would do this,” said Beth Goodale, Parks and Recreation Department director. “This is a facility that sees a lot of use and where a community playground had just been built and opened thanks to the support of residents. Now someone does something like this. It’s pure malice.”
According to the press release, Georgetown County Parks and Recreation and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office are seeking any information on the incident and who the perpetrator(s) may be. Acts of vandalism to public property are taken seriously by Georgetown County. If the perpetrator is found, charges will be brought. In past cases, vandals have been caught up to a year after the incident and, in addition to facing charges, were ordered by a judge to pay restitution.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, (843) 546-5101. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text to 274637. Text the word “GCSOTIP” followed by your message. This service is for crime tips only.