A project designed to make Fountain Square a more attractive and enjoyable place to visit has been damaged by vandals.

A carpet of green turf, installed Friday by the marketing group Downtown Evanston, was sliced, perhaps with knives or box cutters, according to Annie Coakley, the downtown organization’s executive director.

Coakley was notified of the damage at around 3:15 Sunday afternoon.

While the turf was put back in place as best as possible, it still has ripples which resemble mole hills.

Temporary repairs left humps in the artificial turf. (Jeff Hirsh photo)

Coakley says both the police and city officials have been notified. She hopes to get the installation crew to come back to the Square to see if the turf can be fixed and properly reinstalled.

“It’s sad” to see such vandalism, Coakley says. She adds there’s “no way” the damage was caused by the recent bad weather, because the turf had been cut.

The turf is part of Downtown Evanston’s plan to turn Fountain Square into “Fun Time Square” while the fountain is turned off for repairs.

Colorful picnic tables have also been put at the square, and a large box full of games which people can play at those tables is expected to be installed on Tuesday.

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Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.