May 17, 2006--Posted at 6:00 pm CST
Marked Tree, AR--Some Marked Tree residents are calling the vandalizing of a park civil disobedience, but city leaders are calling it something else….illegal criminal activity. The fence is at the center of a debate about a park in town.
Their solution was to partially close the only fence into the park, effectively closing the park to vehicles. The only problem was now residents didn’t like the cars parking along the streets. Marked Tree Mayor Lawrence Ashlock says he has talked to residents about the situation and they had expressed bringing the situation up in front of the next council meeting. Obviously they couldn’t wait though, as this morning city workers found the gate torn down and a bench burned.
‘Obviously we have an element here in the city that is not very good. It isn’t everyone just a few.’ Marked Tree detective Mark Robinson told KAIT. ‘We want to know obviously who did it but there are a lot of good people around here who are not as vocal as they could be because of perceived intimidation.’