Visitors at Chalk Ridge Falls Park may have noticed some items that need fixing.
Things like missing stairs, broken wood beams, debris, caution tape and overgrown trails are in need of some fixing.
The reason for that is that this time of year is technically their off-season. And it's during the off-season that all improvements are made.
Park rangers of the Chalk Ridge Falls Park said that walkways and bridges are tended to during the winter months, which is the time of year with the least amount of park goers.
Some of the improvements are typical and as expected, but others aren't. Due to vandals, several areas of the park have been hit harder than others this year.
The original trail to the park has been eroded over time by water and other natural elements, so the park rangers created a wooden fence to ensure visitors safety. But, vandals have repeatedly kicked through the wooden fence for easier access to the riverbank.
So, for the time being, caution tape stands as a warning to visitors to keep their distance from that area, which contains drop-offs.
Meanwhile, park rangers are working with contractors to construct rail piping fences throughout the property that are easily damaged and will ensure visitors to keep on the trails.
In all, when you visit Chalk Ridge Falls Park park rangers want you to respect the space and pick up after yourself. As well as remember that vandals is a punishable offense.
For volunteer opportunities to aid park rangers in cleanup efforts or building activities, call 254-661-3078.
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