Vandals Dump About 200 Tires at Ringing Rocks Park

Vandals Dump About 200 Tires at Ringing Rocks Park

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Vandals – whether as individuals or more likely, Lower Pottsgrove officials suspect, a team or teams of them – hit the township-owned Ringing Rocks Park, 1880 N. Keim St., sometime Thursday (Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2022) and dumped an estimated 200 vehicle tires (in part at top and above) on its grounds and in its pond.

There are indications properties in Upper and West Pottsgrove, and Douglass townships were similarly recipients of dumped tires. Lower Pottsgrove police have been investigating the crime since being notified Thursday at about mid-day by a park passer-by, township Manager Ed Wagner said Tuesday.

Director of Utilities John Fogel and the township public works crew have already removed all but two of the tires; the last ones will be retrieved next week from the middle of the pond, Wagner noted. The employee cost of cleaning up the mess made by someone else could run into thousands of dollars, he suggested.

But beyond that the tires also must now be disposed of responsibly, at what initially looks to be the township’s expense, Wagner reported. He’s contacted J.P. Mascaro and Sons, Lower Pottsgrove’s contracted waste hauler, for an estimate.

An estimate can be developed, a Mascaro representative told Wagner, but the tires must be cleaned of dirt and pond silt before they can be hauled away. That may involve yet another expense, as equipment manned by volunteers from the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies likely will be used to hose down the rubber tires inside and out.

Police, Wagner, and Fogel currently believe the tires were dumped at Ringing Rocks Park over three or four different periods of time. A large number were deposited by its pond dam, more were left on grounds near and behind its entrance, and about a dozen were thrown into the water itself, Wagner reported.

  • This is a developing story, and The Post will furnish other details as they become available.

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