Four cameras have been installed at Nicholls Park in an attempt to prevent vandalism and graffiti there.
In recent years, the city has spent thousands of dollars to remove graffiti throughout Nicholls Park, near 1200 Nicholls Road, and to repair broken parts at its Castle Heights Playground.
Officials hope the CCTV cameras will deter further problems.
The cameras have been placed at the park bowery, bathrooms, play structure, and next to the softball and soccer fields.
Anyone caught damaging the park will be prosecuted, city officials say.
Two cameras also have been installed just up the street from the park at Fruit Heights’ city maintenance building, where numerous items have been stolen in the past year.
The city would like to install more cameras in other locations of the city next year, including on the trails behind the park.
The Davis County Sheriff’s Department and Fruit Heights city will monitor the CCTV camera recordings.
The cameras have vandal-proof domes that are nearly impossible to vandalize. Any attempts to vandalize the cameras will be recorded on the cameras, each set up with wireless transmitters.
The total cost for the cameras, $20,000, was already allocated in the city budget. The city council unanimously approved the installation of the cameras at a meeting last month.
The park was also closed for six weeks this spring for extensive repairs of the vandalism on the park structures.
The city plans to work on a different section this fall with estimates of the repairs around $6,000, which is already in the budget under park maintenance.
The cameras are ready to go, pending approval from Rocky Mountain Power to place an antenna on one of the city’s light poles.