Park Vandalism

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Vandals, apparently out for a good time, tear up a Heartland park. Impromptu 4-wheelers and recent rains have severely damaged Hefflinger Park.

Public works is asking neighbors to report any late night "mudding."

Hefflinger Park was built over an old landfill and has settled over the years creating huge swells in the landscape.

The unusual topography of the park has attracted 4-wheel enthusiasts. The problem is; Hefflinger is a dog park and the drivers out for a little fun are ruining the park and are vandals in the eyes of the law.

When he stands out on his back deck James Srb looks upon Hefflinger Park. Lately the view has included 4-wheel drive vehicles either tearing up parts of the park or stuck waiting for help.

James Srb says, "Just within the last two or three weeks."

Judging by the tracks there have been more. Two of the three 4-wheelers James saw were stuck in the mud; the first one police were on the scene, the second was a few days ago.

James Srb says, "I was actually going back to work it was like 8 O'clock in the morning or something like that. The white Ranger was stuck in there and he was calling someone probably to help him get out."

Officers found the pickup but the driver was gone when they arrived.

Most of the damage is just a short distance from the road but the damage is more severe than it looks. The standing water is hiding just how deep some of the ruts are; just under nine inches deep and crews are going to have to fill all of that in.

Fill dirt, grass, labor and fuel for trucks; the bill to fix the damage could be $1500 or more.

The pickup is being held by police. The owner has some explaining to do.

Channel 6 News spoke with one parks official who says 4-wheeling has been a big problem in parks this spring.

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