Parks and Rec: ATVs and dirt bikes are ruining event field

Parks and Rec: ATVs and dirt bikes are ruining event field

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department say ATVs and motor bikes are tearing up park fields.

Throughout Craighead Forest Park, there are several signs telling visitors where people can ride these vehicles, but some people disregard the signs.

According to Parks and Rec Director Wixson Huffstetler, several of the signs have been run over or ripped out of the ground.

"That field has always been off limits to ATVs and motor cross bikes but they continue to come out here and mud and tear it up," Huffstetler said.

The ATVs and dirt bikes are not only ruining the event field, but it can also be dangerous if kids are in the field.

"They come out here and dig holes in it and the kids play there. They can get hurt that way," Huffstetler said.

Several trees have been cut down to block access to the field by these vehicles until a more permanent solution can be put in place.

Until then, Huffstetler asks riders to stay in their designated areas.

"There is 85 acres of trails that are designated for ATV and dirt bike purposes and that is what it is for so I would just encourage you if you are a dirt biker or four-wheel rider just stay in your area," Huffstetler said.

The department will start filling the holes and ruts with dirt soon since some events like disc golf are coming up.

"We are going to have to bring in hard clay dirt and then pack it down in the holes that have been dug out," Huffstetler said.

A more permanent way to keep out riders is in the works as well.

"I am getting quotes to see what it will cost to put a fence around this area, so we can completely fence it off. It needs to be for the future for us to be able to maintain and control the area," Huffstetler said.

Huffstetler said he budgeted for more fencing at the park this year, but it is a cost that could be avoided if riders obeyed the signs.

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