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Smashed walls are visible in one of the homes at the Criddle-Vane Homestead south of CFB Shilo in 2012.
The recurring vandalism at one of Manitoba’s provincial heritage parks has forced officials to render it off limits.
While the Criddle/Vane Homestead Provincial Heritage Park isn’t entirely closed to the public, the home looks more like a derelict building than a house with provincial significance.
"Due to its remote location it has unfortunately been subject to recurring vandalism," a spokesperson with Conservation and Water Stewardship said. "Other parts of the park — main house and second lab — have been boarded up and closed off from public access due to security concerns."
The park, which is located about 40 kilometres southeast of Brandon, is a 130-hectare area that preserves and protects the heritage value of the former homestead of the Criddle/Vane family.
The families were Prairie pioneers who became well known for their contributions to science — especially entomology, the study of insects — art, sports and culture.
Police aren’t sure when the latest bout of destruction occurred, which included the smashing of a protective panel on the home.
In 2012, Brandon Sun and CTV News stories were credited with helping police track five youths who smashed walls and created extensive damage at the home.
Despite the frequent vandalism there are no plans to increase security at the park, the spokesman said.
"Additional measures may have to be taken with the remaining buildings, but no final decision has been made," he said. "If anyone has any information about the vandals, please contact the local police and make a report."
There is no annual grant for repair for the building, which is monitored by staff from Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 6, 2014