Temple Parks & Recreation is seeking information leading to the return of a statue stolen from Oak Creek Park (2304 Forest Trail) in Temple. Known as the Pig Family, a bronze statue depicting three little pigs, the largest of which was taken from the park sometime before Friday, July 28th.
“We received a call from a concerned citizen Friday morning, stating the statue was no longer in the park,” said Chuck Ramm, Assistant Director for Temple Parks & Recreation. “After surveying the area, it was clear that the bronze statue had forcibly been removed from the concrete footings.”
Work crews who are currently renovating the park confirmed the statue was in the park at the end of the work day on Thursday, July 27th.
Unfortunately this is not the first time a statuette has been taken. In January 2013, the small piglet statue was also stolen from Oak Creek Park, however it was later recovered by the Temple Police Department. In June 2015, Ernie the Papillion puppy sculpture was taken from the entrance of Woodbridge Park (3620 Whispering Oaks). This statue was never located, but was replaced by the Department.
These sculptures are all part of the Department’s Art in the Park program in conjunction with the Temple Parks Foundation. The Pig Family statue was donated by Dr. Alan Jones and the Forsythe Foundation in 2007.
Anybody with any information is asked to contact the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500.