Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) Colorado Springs officials say they're spending about $100,000 a year to replace copper components stolen from sprinkler systems and lights in city parks.
Kurt schroeder, who manages parks, trails and open space for the city, says the money could pay for as many as three new parks.
The high price of copper has attracted thieves to the wiring in light poles and to sprinkler heads in cities across the country.
Schroeder says the city has begun welding the access doors closed on light poles and replacing wiring with less expensive aluminum.
His agency has a $9 million budget.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.