Carroll Co. Lions Club putting up park fence

Aim is to keep out vehicles that are harming grounds

April 18, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Faced with recurring vandalism at a park it oversees, the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club is spending about a quarter of the money it usually distributes to local charities for a wooden fence to limit park access.

Picnickers and walkers will be able to use Silver Run-Union Mills Community Park, at Route 75 and Old Hanover Road, but the fence will keep out people who have been driving four-wheel-drive vehicles through the park in wet weather, tearing up the grass and creating ruts that make the park unusable for others.

"We really don't want to do it," said John W. Hopkins, a Lions Club spokesman. "We want to tell the people in the area that we were forced to do it [because of] a couple people who don't have anything better to do."

Hopkins said the errant drivers have torn up the park grass "on and off for about three years," sometimes making it too rough to be used for flea markets and as a landing site for MedEvac helicopters. He said club members were also afraid people would fall in the ruts.

"Enough is enough," said Hopkins.

The club is spending $3,000 for the fence, which is almost complete. The money is coming from the group's community donation fund, which usually gives $10,000 to $12,000 annually to a variety of organizations.

"We tried to cut everybody a little" to pay for the fence, Hopkins said.

The Lions Club has been responsible for the upkeep of the 6-acre park for nearly 30 years, he said.

The park and the pavilion can be reserved for picnics and other gatherings by calling 410-857-5838.

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