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.
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.”
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.
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.