Vandals damage beloved gnome homes in Duncannon park


Vandals struck at a park in Perry County that is home to a unique and popular attraction.

A Duncannon resident jogging through Noy Park on Saturday noticed several of the gnome homes had been vandalized. She texted photos of the damage to borough councilor Lisa Landis.

Landis says all seven of the gnome homes were either destroyed or knocked off of their foundations and damaged.

“I am not getting involved as an elected official,” Landis said. “I am addressing this problem as a concerned citizen.”

Steve Hoke and his family spent several hours making the gnome homes that have been a big draw for children and their families.  Hoke says he is disappointed by the vandalism, but he says things may not change for a while.

“If this is a group of kids or even young adults, they will probably continue to do it until they are caught,” Hoke said.

Landis has started a GoFundMe to raise money for park security.

“We are looking to invest in some security cameras,” she said. “This is not a municipal activity. We are collecting money to fund the cameras, and if there is money left over, we may be able to purchase lighting along the trail.”


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