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RUTTED: Torn up fields in Section 13.
  • RUTTED: Torn up fields in Section 13.

Thrill seekers who've apparently seen too many Ford truck commercials have been tearing up the playing fields created at Section 13 Park on Garrison Road. Because of truck and ATV damage, the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department has had to make $12,000 in repairs for two years in a row, Assistant Director Mark Webre said.

Section 13 is 607 acres west of Little Rock and south of Highway 10. The Parks Department cleared, leveled and put grass on 10 acres. A fence divides a parking area from the cleared acreage but does not encircle it; trails from the south, east and west sides long in use by the neighborhood for ATVs lead to the clearing.

While the young and bored occasionally make donuts in many Little Rock parks, Section 13 "is so remote that you can do that all day long and have fun," Webre said. The department has reported the activity to the county sheriff and has met with the neighborhood in vain attempts to stop the vandalism.

A soccer club is considering putting a program on the cleared area, which is large enough for three youth soccer fields, Webre said. He hopes that regular use of the park will discourage those who would tear up the fields. Meanwhile, the Parks Department is plucking money from an already taught budget to disc, put more topsoil on and seed the fields in time for the growing seasons.

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