SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Officials at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area say vandals are responsible for destroying thousands of native plants and equipment at the state park, which is scheduled to be closed in July.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the vandals broke into a community garden and destroyed nearly half of the 7,000-8,000 plants in stock, including the endangered California sea-blight.

The plants were to be used for a shoreline restoration project.

Candlestick Point is slated to be closed along with dozens of other state parks in July in a move meant to trim money from the state budget.

Patrick Rump of the nonprofit Literacy for Environmental Justice said the group will be working with volunteers to regrow the plants and cleanup.

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