The gazebo in Firemen’s Park was found toppled on its side and smashed early Sunday morning.
Sgt. Michael Emmons, the Neptune Police shift commander, said the vandalism was reported around 7 a.m. Sunday. By around 9:30 a.m. the Township’s Public Works Department was bulldozing the site and preparing to haul away the remains.
It was unclear what would become of those remains. One official who arrived early at the scene told us the gazebo could not be repaired and that the debris would be taken to the town dump. However, police said they understood that Public Works was going to try to reconstruct it.
The gazebo, near the corner of Main and New Jersey Avenues, was a popular feature in the park. Children often took shelter there in the mornings while waiting for the school bus.
– Charles Layton and Mary Walton