Electrical Outage At Valley View Recreation Center Caused By Vandalism
September 05, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KIM BECKER, (702) 267-4033
Henderson, Nev. – The city of Henderson’s first full-service recreation center was closed for three days due to vandalism and theft. Residents who may have seen suspicious activity at Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St., at night on Sunday, August 25 or in the early morning hours of Monday, August 26 are urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.
Vandals removed 14 of 16 circuit breakers on the building’s main panel, cutting power to the facility and forcing its closure. The circuit breakers were original to the building, which opened in 1993. City staff was able to make repairs by installing certified and tested used circuit breakers, but a complete replacement of the panel with new breakers could cost the city over $60,000.
“Valley View Recreation Center is the city’s longest-operating full-service recreation center, having served thousands of people in our community for 20 years, so it is unfortunate when an incident like this occurs,” said Jacob Snow, Henderson City Manager. “However, when we’re looking at replacement components, it’s important to note that Valley View is part of an aging infrastructure, and there are significant costs associated with sustaining these types of amenities, much like our roads, parks and water lines. It’s an ongoing challenge for us to find a way to ensure our revenues are enough to sustain these important amenities. They’re essential to our quality of life and they are worth the investment.”
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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 270,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Celebrating the city’s 60th anniversary in 2013, Henderson has been recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and the Second Safest City in America (Forbes), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.
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