Caution tape was used to close Veterans Park in Montrose after a slippery substance was discovered on the equipment there. (Photo posted in Community of Montrose MN by Michelle Otto)
MONTROSE, MN – Veterans Park in Montrose was temporarily closed for part of Sunday and Monday after a slipper substance was found on the equipment.
“Just a warning: The playground equipment at Jacque Bs has petroleum jelly spread all over it — slides and benches included,” Jessica Hindermann posted in the Community of Montrose MN Facebook group around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. “My nephew tried the monkey bars, slipped off, and knocked the wind out of himself. Please be careful!”
A slippery substance was applied to playground equipment at Veterans Park in Montrose, causing the park to be closed Sunday afternoon until the equipment could be cleaned Monday.
Montrose Park and Recreation Commission closed the park within an hour of that post.
“Jessica Hindermann – thank you for posting this,” Commissioner Bru Ploog wrote. “We have taped off the park and closed it temporarily due to this, so public works can clean/repair it. Again, on behalf of Park and Rec., I want to thank you for letting us know, in order to help keep the community safe. Much appreciated!”
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident and is investigating.
Mayor Michelle Otto documented the incident with a message and photos posted to the Community of Montrose MN Facebook group.
“It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon until we had to temporarily close Vets park due to vandalism of a slippery substance all over the playground to where innocent kids were getting hurt,” Otto wrote.
She thanked Bru and Patrick Ploog for taping off the park until city staff could clean it Monday.
One of Otto’s photos shows a tube of multi-antibiotic ointment.
In addition to the slippery substance on the equipment, the park was also littered with trash that volunteers have since cleaned up, Bru Ploog said.