Lake Eufaula Park Vandalized

By: Bethany Gillis Email
By: Bethany Gillis Email

(Dothan, AL)--A park in Lake Eufaula is the perfect place for family events, but it's also a prime target for vandalism.

Braxton McLean, a Eufaula Resident, has been going to the Old Creek Park at Lake Eufaula ever since high school.

"It was a favorite hangout of ours, we used to spend every weekend up there swimming, skiing, or whatever we wanted to do, there were no restrictions,” McLean said.

Braxton said he’s been going to the park for over forty years. He said knows the park has been vandalized in the past, but nothing to this extent.

"We came to work and one of the bridges was sitting half crooked and a lot of the supports we're broken up under it,” Eufaula Park Recreation Director Keef Pettis said.

Pettis said he’s frustrated over the destruction and so is McLean.

"I don’t understand why residents would destroy such a beautiful park, it doesn’t make any sense to me,” McLean said.

The damage is already adding up to more than one thousand dollars. The money for park maintenance comes from a set budget, which means the money going towards vandalism could be used towards enhancing the park.

"We have to do regular maintenance, but we could do a lot more if we didn’t have to fix vandalism damage all the time,” Pettis said.

Keef Pettis, the Eufaula Recreation Director, said if the vandalism continues, the normally open park gates, might have to be closed after dark.

"We don't want to close the gates, but then again, we've got to make a decision on what's responsible for tax payer's money,” Pettis said.

Police normally patrol the park but sometimes it's not enough to keep vandals out. As for those vandals, McLean said he had some advice.

"Try to use some common sense if you want to destroy something, destroy your own property,” McLean said.

Eufaula's mayor says if the vandals are caught they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

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