Since opening its gates last summer, Safetytown has attracted an inevitable amount of minor vandalism, with black Xes scrawled on several signs hanging throughout the play village.
An extreme case of defacement has been discovered this past weekend, however. The facade carrying a sign for McDonough Plumbing & Heating has the name blacked out and replaced with "Abortion Clinic" in what appears to be permanent marker. It is unknown how long the sign has been altered.
"It is terrible when people feel the need to express themselves by defacing a childrens play area," said Warminster Rotary President Greg Hucklebridge in an e-mailed statement. "While we (members of Warminster Rotary) are disappointed to see it happen at Safetytown, the township Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining all facilities at Warminster Community Park. That being said, if assistance is needed I am sure the Warminster Rotary Club would help."
The concept of a Safetytown play area was developed, funded and constructed through efforts by members of the Warminster Rotary, with the guidance of the Warminster Parks & Recreation Department. The miniaturized representation of popular Warminster businesses and landmarks opened to the public in the summer of 2011.