100-year-old statue in Public Gardens vandalized

Vandals struck again at Public Gardens. Police report that between March 8 and 9, a statue was damaged at Public Gardens on Spring Garden Rd.

By Kimber Lubberts

Public Gardens main gate on Spring Garden Rd. (Kimber Lubberts photo)

Vandals struck again at Public Gardens.

Police report that between March 8 and 9, a statue was damaged at Public Gardens on Spring Garden Rd.

The police report states “an unknown person(s) unlawfully entered the park and damaged an eight foot statue that has been inside the park for over 100 years. The statue was of a Roman Goddess and was located south of the gardens’ gazebo.”

Michaelyn Thompson, head of Halifax Regional Municipality’s communications, says that the damage is “extensive.”

“At this point we don’t know if (the statue) is repairable,” says Thompson. A heritage consultant will assess the damage to the statue.

A 100-year-old statue was severely damaged in Public Gardens between March 8 and 9 (Kimber Lubberts photo)

Thompson says that vandalism is not uncommon in The Gardens. “It’s a common occurrence for people to jump the fence and vandalism occurs.”

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking for assistance from the public. Anyone with information can contact police at 490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Secure web tips can be submitted at crimestoppers.ns.ca. The public can also text in a tip by texting Tip 202 plus the message to 274637.

External Resources 

Halifax Regional Police report
Crime Stoppers tips website
Public Gardens website