Girl Scouts Rebuild Balboa Park Lily Pond Boxes

The boxes were destroyed during a rowdy midnight water gun fight at Balboa Park on Aug. 11

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    A group of local Girl Scouts spent Saturday morning rebuilding the 27 lily pond boxes that were destroyed in a rowdy water fight at Balboa Park back in August.

    On August 12 a midnight, flash mob-style water fight with an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 participants wreaked havoc on the iconic Balboa Park lily pond, causing thousands of dollars of damage.

    Girl Scouts Rebuild Balboa Park Lily Pond Boxes

    [DGO] Girl Scouts Rebuild Balboa Park Lily Pond Boxes
    Local Girl Scouts and other volunteers gathered at Balboa Park to repair and rebuild 27 lily pond boxes destroyed in August's rowdy water fight at the Balboa Park lily pond. NBC 7's Gitzel Puente reports. (Published Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012)

    In the water fight, participants broke a piece of piping in the pond, destroyed the lily boxes and trampled plants. The suspects also left behind water guns and remnants of water balloons around the area. Later, Matthew Hardick came forward as one of the organizers of the event and apologized for the destruction.

    San Diegans were outraged by the vandalism, including then-mayor Jerry Sanders who released a statement saying he was appalled at the damage done by people he called “delinquents.”

    The event raised security concerns regarding Balboa Park and became a hot-button topic during San Diego’s mayoral race.

    Since then, money has been raised to repair the pond – including $13,000 in donations raised by the non-profit group Friends of Balboa Park – and local volunteers have stepped up to fix the damages.

    Lily Pond Damaged in Water Fight

    [DGO] Lily Pond Damaged in Water Fight
    Vandals damaged the iconic lily pond in front of the Botanical Building over the weekend according to Balboa Park officials. NBC 7's Chris Chan reports. (Published Monday, Aug. 13, 2012)

    Now, nearly four months after the incident, the Girl Scouts of San Diego are doing their part to restore the “Crown Jewel of San Diego.”

    On Saturday, local Girl Scouts and other volunteers gathered at Balboa Park to repair and reconstruct the lily pond boxes using materials donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement. A group of Lowe’s employees also helped in restoring the boxes for the historic pond.

    Friends of Balboa Park chairman of the board Jim Hughes was there as well.

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