Vandals destroy Mt. Pisgah parking area, cause need for costly repairs
EUGENE, Ore. -- Vandals have caused extensive damage to the North Trailhead Parking Area at Mt. Pisgah, Lane County officials said.
An unknown person or persons have been "mudding" in the parking area, officials said, making it impossible to park vehicles in nearly half the lot, damaging vegetation and causing a significant amount of damage.
“It’s really frustrating to know that someone has no regard for the park or the people who visit it,” said Park Ranger Todd Bowen. “Repairing damage like this means we have less funding to maintain trails, improve bathrooms or make other improvements to our parks.”
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum employees have installed log barriers in an attempt to make the area inaccessible, but say the vandal continues to find ways around them.
This week, a new security camera was installed along with signs encouraging potential witnesses to speak up.
Parks officials encourage anyone who sees a vandal in action to report it to Lane County Parks at (541) 682-2000, if they feel safe doing so.
Vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers are especially helpful.
If cited, the vandal could face up to a $500 fine for what would be considered a Class A violation of Lane Code 6.520 (Destruction of Property).
“If I had one Christmas wish, it would be that this person stops vandalizing the park, comes forward and tries to make it right,” said Bowen.
Lane County parks receive no property tax funding and are largely reliant on user fees and taxes related to car rentals, the County said.
There are six park rangers who work to maintain and patrol all of Lane County’s 70 parks.