DeSoto Park Leaders Pitch Limited Access to Curb Vandalism

(DeSoto County, MS) DeSoto County’s new park system includes some of the most scenic spots around, like DeSoto Park along the river.

But this park also has a vandalism problem, from bullet holes in every sign posted in the park, to trash piled just about anywhere.

Park Commissioners and leaders have been scratching their heads trying to come up with a solution to the problem on the river and at other DeSoto County Parks and greenways.

One idea they’re talking about involves closing the park at night, but allowing entrance by special permit.

The idea would primarily apply to the river park.

Board of Supervisors president Lee Caldwell says it’s a delicate balancing act.

”We do not want to restrain their usage of some of our patrons. They’ve been hunting and fishing on the river for years.”

Caldwell says she’s open to all options, but fears making it harder to use county parks, defeats the purpose, especially when a fisherman wants to head to the river for an hour or so after work, and the permit office is closed.

She says she, and other supervisors don’t plan to rush to judgement.

”It’s certainly something that’s gonna take, I think a lot more research and examine just how that process would take place.”

She says she’ll let the park commission study the problem and present alternatives before supervisors ring in with their thoughts.