Miracle League Park vandalized for the 3rd time

Crews cleaning Miracle League Park Tuesday after vandals smeared mud. (Source: KAIT)
Crews cleaning Miracle League Park Tuesday after vandals smeared mud. (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro park has once again fallen victim to vandalism. It marks the third time in two years.

Crews went to Miracle League Park Tuesday for cleanup.

A teen reportedly smeared mud all over the park, including playground equipment and Homer, the statue. The person walked back and forth from a ditch to get the mud.

The park was also vandalized two times in 2015. Once in February of that year and again in September.

"Kids and adults have no idea what this park means and stands for in the community. I'm disappointed," Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler said.

A Nettleton High School student happened to be at the park while a Region 8 News crew was filming city employees cleaning up the mess.

Cobie Hall is just one of many residents who know the importance of the Miracle League Park.

His younger brother is disabled, Hall said he suffers from brain trauma and does not get to do much contact sports, which leads them to Miracle League field.

"Here at Miracle League they do baseball and stuff and that's really the only sport he gets to participate in," Hall said. "It brings a lot of happiness to him. I just don't know what the point was, what are you trying to prove hurting a community that's helping little kids have the opportunity play sports and all that."

Huffstetler said the city has done all it can do to prevent future vandalism, including surveillance cameras, which caught the latest incident, and locking the park at night.

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