“It would be a shame for the actions of one or two individuals to spoil things for hundreds of people, but that’s what will happen if there is any more vandalism,” Roger Brandt stated adamantly.

Brandt, of Union, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Siems Memorial Park, a private park maintained by an endowment left by its builder, Mike Siems, when he died in 1978. The 35 acre park can be booked through Siems Memorial Park, Inc.’s Board of Directors for picnics, parties, weddings, and other popular outdoor gatherings. There is no swimming, but there is fishing, hiking, playground equipment and a large pavilion. Use of the park for such private events will continue.

The park has become much more than that to the people of Union and Marengo. Located on High Bridge Road, in Union, it is popular place for families to come to play, hike, fish and relax. It is opened every day from 5 or 6 in the morning until 7:30 or 8 in the evening. Thanks to the Siems endowment, upkeep and park improvements have been ongoing. Brandt reports that “in 2016 the Board spent $6,400 to install electricity, $7,000 for new playground equipment, and in 2017, $9,000 for new tables.

In mid-June an unwelcome addition appeared— spray paint graffiti on the park’s brick gate. Graffiti—and lots more of it— may be a common sight in many places, but it is new at Siems Park in Union and it will not be tolerated. “We have to pay to have it removed, and now we’re discussing installing security cameras out there,” said Brandt.

It would behoove nearby residents to keep their eyes and ears open to help forestall any more vandalism at Siems Park or anywhere else in Union. If any more vandalism occurs in Siems Memorial Park, it will be closed to public and only opened for authorized events.

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