Signs and other items at the French Falls River Walk, which includes three trails along the Androscoggin River in Jay, were vandalized last week. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

JAY — Police are investigating vandalism at the French Falls River Walk where signs were damaged and a chair possibly thrown into the Androscoggin River last week.

On Tuesday, Jay Recreation Committee members Don Leclerc of Jay, Randy Easter of North Jay and Jeff Meserve of Livermore talked with Jay police Sgt. Russell Adams about the destruction at French Falls Park.

Leclerc had researched the river’s history, laminated and framed the information and nailed the signs to trees, his wife, Linda Leclerc, said Monday.

“They had to work to get them off the trees,” Don Leclerc said Tuesday as he showed a pile of broken signs and glass.

One of three Adirondack chairs wired together to a tree in case of flooding was missing. Leclerc said he believed the chair was thrown in the river.

Caution signs were also ripped down, and a sign indicating a special section of a trail called The Knoll is gone.

Broken glass and frames from signs posted at the French Falls River Walk at French Falls Park in Jay lie on the ground, the work of vandals last week. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

The area has been vandalized before, Linda Leclerc said.

The river walk was designed and built in 1996 by Jay High School students and teacher John Schoen on International Paper property with help from the paper company and others. Over the years it had not been maintained until volunteers, town crews and community members brought it back in 2016.

Volunteers have put wood chips along the paths and planted flowers near the arched gateway, all to provide a nicer experience for users. There are also good fishing opportunities there.

The town leases the property on French Falls Lane for $1 a year from the Androscoggin Land Trust, and holds its annual sled-in and winter family festival there in February.

Jay Recreation Committee members, from left, Randy Easter of North Jay, Jeff Meserve of Livermore and Don Leclerc of Jay social distance as they talk with Jay police Sgt. Russell Adams on Tuesday about vandalism at French Falls River Walk in Jay. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal


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