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City of Delta steps up for lacrosse community

Nets were cut away and stolen from the Ladner Outdoor Box
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The City of Delta paid and installed new netting for a pair of goals at the Ladner Outdoor Lacrosse Box after they had been vandalized last week.

The City of Delta has come through for the lacrosse community.

The city has picked-up the tab and replaced the goal nets that were stolen from the Ladner Outdoor Lacrosse Box last week. News of the vandalism led to the Delta Islanders program receiving numerous offers to cover the costs, including a plumbing company in Nanaimo.

“We would like thank everyone for their generous offers to replace the damaged lacrosse nets. The City of Delta is taking care this for us and we thank them very much. The support and kindness has been overwhelming,” said Delta Lacrosse director of operations Amanda Douglas.

The Ladner Outdoor Box, which underwent an extensive renovation by volunteers back in 2004, is a key venue for the community programs, especially at the grassroots level, with the 2021 season now underway. The nets appeared to be cut away and were nowhere to be found.

“Two different size of nets were ripped apart for some reason. Someone has clearly taken them for use somewhere,” said Delta Lacrosse president Dave Glover last week. “It’s really disappointing and seems so unnecessary.”

Organized lacrosse is already dealing with plenty of adversity with current COVID-19 health restrictions limiting teams to practices only. Games haven’t been played since the 2019 season.