Roxborough recreation center ransacked during break-in

 A scene from Kendrick Recreation Center after the weekend break-in. (Courtesy of Kendrick Recreation Center, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation)

A scene from Kendrick Recreation Center after the weekend break-in. (Courtesy of Kendrick Recreation Center, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation)

At some point between closing time on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, Roxborough’s Kendrick Recreation Center was ransacked. 

 

While nothing was stolen, several windows were broken in order to enter the property, two offices were overturned and the trophy room was vandalized, according to Leo Dignam, deputy commissioner of programing with the city’s Parks and Recreation department. 

“As far as we know, nothing was taken,” he said. 

There is no footage of the event.

Kendrick is slated to have surveillance cameras installed in the next six months through a multimillion dollar City Council initiative spearheaded by Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass. 

“We need reliably safe places for young people to congregate and this is just another step,” said former spokesman for the councilwoman, Joseph Corrigan, when the initiative was revealed in June 2013.

Recreation center volunteers and employees spent Sunday cleaning up and restoring the damaged areas of the recreation center and were able to reopen on Monday morning. 

Currently, officials have no leads on who is responsible for the break-in. 

“When you see stupid vandalism, it’s usually teenagers,” said Dignam, “but there is no way to know for sure.”

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