Vandalism at the Nature Center
It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with our friends and supporters. Early this morning, Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin briefed the press about vandalism at the construction site of the Quarry Hill Prairie House Education Building. You may have already heard of this sad news, as it is being covered by our local media outlets. They know, as do we, how much the community embraces Quarry Hill and we thank them for their positive support.
We are saddened to confirm that during the night of Thursday, August 31, vandals damaged the building structure and construction machinery at the Prairie House. Initial assessments indicate property damage approaching $100,000. The damage is extensive, but the structure still stands. We will continue with construction as we assess the areas that must be repaired or replaced.
We are grateful that no persons were injured, but are shocked and frustrated by the nature of this act of vandalism. With the support of Rochester Park and Recreation, we are cooperating with the Rochester Police Department’s active investigation into the vandalism.
A major project for the Nature Center and part of our Where Nature Takes Root Capital Campaign, the Prairie House will provide much needed educational space and new opportunities for the community. You and our many community and corporate supporters have embraced this project from its inception.
Your outpouring of support has been felt already. We know that you share in our shock and disappointment, however, broken windows and walls don’t equal a broken vision. Together we will move forward to realize the completion of this project and the exciting renovation of the interior of the Nature Center.
In partnership with Rochester Park and Recreation, CRW Architecture and Weis builders we will adjust our timeline and continue the important work of connecting our community with the natural world through innovative education and recreation opportunities. Quarry Hill is the nature center that the community built and we continue to appreciate the support provided by so many.
On behalf of all the Quarry Hill staff, please join us for next weekend’s Fall Festival to celebrate all that Quarry Hill has to offer – most importantly, a place for the community to gather and enjoy nature and learning in one of the most treasured parks in our city.
Pamela Meyer, Executive Director
Bob Cline, President, Board of Directors