Council to discuss smoking in city park after complaints

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CAVE CITY, AR (KAIT) - After citizen complaints, there could soon be some changes to the rules at the Cave City Park.

The topic of smoking in the park has been discussed by the city council before.

"I think it was probably a few years ago that some citizens had mentioned to different council members that when they're with their kids up there at the playground some of the smoking was kind of causing a little bit of problems there, especially around the kids' area," Cave City Mayor Jonas Anderson said. "So it was discussed briefly on the city council then and really no action was taken."

Now, Anderson said the issue has been brought up again.

"Now, two or three years later, we've got citizens coming to us again, wanting the council to look at this so that's what we're going to do," Anderson said. "We're going to look at it and see if there's a way that we can help with that."

There are two options that could be considered, according to the mayor. They include restricting smoking to certain areas of the park or banning it completely.

Another recent issue at the park is vandalism in the bathroom building.

"It would be open all night so you'd have people come in," Anderson said.

A toilet was broken, the walls have been written on, and a pile of leaves was once caught on fire inside the building.

"We want to provide the service and what's ironic is when vandalism happens, the people that commit these acts of vandalism are spending taxpayer money i.e. their money to repair them so it's kind of surprising but that's really what's happening," Anderson said.

The city is about to upgrade the park bathrooms, so they want the problem to end.

Now, the bathrooms will be closed around sunset each night and reopened at 8 a.m.

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