Relentless unknown vandals have caused extensive damage at a parking lot at Mount Pisgah, south of Springfield, prompting Lane County Parks officials to make stopping the destruction a top priority.
“This is their play area,” Lane County Parks Ranger Todd Bowen said Friday as he stood next to a mud puddle crisscrossed by deep tire tracks left by vandals. “It is my nightmare.”
Vandals have been “mudding,” driving and spinning across the gravel parking lot in trucks and cars, creating pools of mud, Bowen said. The mudding started last winter and has intensified this fall. Vandals may face up to a $500 fine if caught and cited.
Addressing the ongoing vandalism at the North Trailhead in the Howard Buford Recreation Area is now atop the agency’s project list, Bowen said. Lane County Parks officials plan to add curbs and barriers in a $74,000 project early next year.
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