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Wade Bowl vandalism prompts cleanup event

The ice skating shack at Wade Bowl Park was vandalized. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 1 / 2
The ice skating shack at Wade Bowl Park was covered in graffiti Wednesday, May 8. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 2 / 2

Residents are invited to send a message to vandals with paint and brushes at Wade Bowl Park on Saturday, May 11.

Vandalism to the Wade Bowl warming shack was reported to Superior police on April 25, about a week after city public works crews painted it. The damage included words, pictures and symbols scrawled across the exterior in red spray paint. To clean the building up, it will need to be completely repainted.

The Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and 6th District City Councilor Tylor Elm are holding a community cleanup Saturday to do just that. Volunteers can stop by the park anytime after 9 a.m. to help with prep, painting and general park cleanup.

"Wade Bowl is a park that's close to my heart, as well as my neighbors in the district," Elm said. "It's our local park, which serves the heart of the city in the Downtown and North End area. It's a very busy gathering place and play area providing an escape from the densely populated neighborhood."

The community has rallied to care for the park over the years. In 2017, volunteers gathered to paint the play equipment and hockey boards and clean graffiti off the pavilion and basketball stand. The neighborhood gathered at Wade Bowl for a large National Night Out event in 2018 that connected public safety officers with youth.

"So for 2019, I'm reaching out to my neighbors once again to help keep this park in the best shape it can be," Elm said.

The city will provide paint and supplies. Volunteers should come dressed for painting.

The event is both weather and temperature dependent. It must be 50 degrees or warmer with no rain. Volunteers can watch the city of Superior Facebook page or contact Elm, 218-461-0356, elmt@cisuperior.wi.us, to check if the event is canceled.