Captain’s Log 4,477
Words cannot express the sadness I feel this morning after learning what vandals did to the historic lily pond in Balboa Park in the wee hours of Sunday morning. There was a huge water pistol fight in the park, and it got out of hand. Over 1,500 people showed up to spray water at each other. The organizers encouraged everyone to leave the pond alone, but that never happened. A critical drainage pipe in the pond was broken, and the results are so awful.
Here are some before and after photos.
How the pond looks on a typical day.
How the pond looked Sunday morning.
The pond not only contains priceless water lilies, it is also home to turtles and priceless koi. Most of the fish have already died.
And where were the security officers when this happened? There is only one security guard for the entire park at night. One! Is that enough? You tell me.
This whole thing makes me sick at heart. The park is such a treasure and yet people trash it all the time! Police response in the park after dark usually takes an hour. I am not kidding.
The event was publicized on places like Facebook, so authorities are trying to track down the organizers and make them pay. There is a monetary cost, but some of those fish have lived in the park for years and years. What about those poor creatures?
I am so very angry!