Whose bright idea was this water gun fight in Balboa Park anyways? So disgusted to hear that the Lily Pond has been damaged
— Jennifer Newell (@jennyjenjen) August 12, 2012
This past Sunday at midnight, between 1500 and 2000 vandals descended upon San Diego’s Balboa Park and engaged in a massive squirt gun fight. The participants are responsible for an estimated $10,000 in damage, including damage to plants and aquatic life in the treasured lily pond. Only about two inches of water remain in the pond.
“They broke a critical piece of piping that will keep the water flow in the lily pond,” said City of San Diego Park and Recreation Director Stacey Lomedico. “It is very likely that we may lose all the lilies in the pond today as well as the fish.”
The suspects left behind water guns and remnants of water balloons, park officials said. Those responsible face serious charges.
“This is gonna be carried as felony vandalism case because of the high dollar value associated with plants, the hardscape, the historic fountain on the other side of the park,” said Lt. Charles Lara with the San Diego Police Department.
San Diego residents and Balboa Park admirers were livid:
Oh, you had a fun watergun fight? I’m sure the dead koi at the Lily Pond are happy for you. http://t.co/KfcacdL7
— Barbarella Fokos (@Barbarellaf) August 12, 2012
Damage to Balboa Park lily pond is truly nauseating.
— Alex Roth (@alexroth3) August 13, 2012
Sad to hear one of the most iconic places in all of SD, Balboa Park’s Lily Pond, was vandalized over the weekend: http://t.co/JzGEw7Or
— Plaza de Panama (@Plaza_de_Panama) August 13, 2012
— Israel Ibañez (@Iz77) August 13, 2012
— Joey (@TwiGGy_J) August 13, 2012
wow the lily pond in balboa park was partly destroyed because almost 1,000 people had a water fight thingy, i’m pissed
— tayler (@tayragang) August 13, 2012
This is terrible – people ‘playing’ water fight in Balboa Park, result in dead fish, lily pad pond. Idiots http://t.co/zmrjg5ea
— Patty Lane (@newsdiva) August 13, 2012
— Lisa Strickland (@BravaCreative) August 12, 2012
@DDDDDDora did u hear/see what these dumbasses did to the lily pond at Balboa park?
— Daenerys Stormborn (@DarkNLoveleee) August 13, 2012
Balboa Park Lily Pond Vandalized?? Bunch of savages in this town.
— Scott Kingery (@techlifeweb) August 13, 2012
— Dave Cieslak (@davecieslak) August 13, 2012
I am ABSOLUTELY INCENSED at the stupidity and immaturity of the people who tore up the Lily Pond at Balboa Park. My blood is boiling.
— Haunted San Diego (@SanDiegoSpooky) August 13, 2012
The blogger at Doo Doo Economics has identified progressive activist Ken St. Pierre as the event’s organizer. Visit the blog for more information as well as startling before-and-after photos of the lily pond.
If you destroyed the Koi/Lily Pond in Balboa Park last night or know who did but won’t come forward, you are despicable. #shameonyou
— jodie hughes (@JodieAHughes) August 13, 2012
Indeed. We sincerely hope that all involved in this despicable act are found and punished.
(h/t Charles Fettinger)