An unidentified person or group of people damaged the rock shelter house south of the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool over the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

Following Labor Day, city crews found damaged doors and a smoking pipe, needles and lighter at the shelter house at Grand and Heacock avenues. 

“When we came back Tuesday morning, it was trashed,” said Darrell Moyer, city public works director. 

Parsons City Manager Debbie Lamb reported the damage to Parsons city commissioners earlier this week. City officials told the Parsons Police Department not to lock the doors over the weekend because of a Saturday event.

“We’ve been locking all of them, but there was going to be someone that had it rented for Saturday, so we just were shorthanded and instructed the police department to leave it unlocked,” Lamb told commissioners.  

The people who rented the shelter house for the Saturday event did not complain about damage or trash, so city staff believe the vandalism happened between Sunday and Tuesday. 

Moyer did not have an estimate on how much it will cost to repair the shelter, but he expects it to cost over $1,000.

Lamb said the city did not have cameras installed at this shelter.

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