Residents unite to clean up Chesapeake park

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 6:25 PM

CHESAPEAKE-- Some Chesapeake neighborhoods are banding together to clean up Indian River Park.

The 91-acre park contains a natural 70-acre area and is located between Paramont and Rokeby Avenues. The park offers baseball fields, biking and walking trails.

Hundreds of homes back up to Indian River Park and over the past few years residents say they have had to remove trucks full of trash. 

“To me this park is natural art. Why would you dump your trash into a pristine looking area?” Jim Spiegeler of the Ipswich Townvillas Association asked. 

Most of the littering is happening off Fairmont Avenue, near Lydney and Alton circles. 

Spiegeler said he’s picked up all sorts of garbage including, couches, chairs, tables, mini-refrigerators, tires, boxes of clothing, beer cans and fast food restaurant bags.

Chesapeake Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Barber said they have 15 workers to make sure 70 parks are clean in the city.   He said its up to police to write tickets to enforce illegal dumping.

Groups like Friends of Fairmont Park, Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association, and the Ipswich Townvillas Association are working with the city and the sheriff’s department to stop the problem.

“I think this is something the city needs to invest time and money to improve,” Spiegeler said.

No dumping signs are already in place.

UPDATE:   Our 13News Now investigation alerted Chesapeake police about illegal dumping at Indian River Park.

Kelly O'Sullivan said officers were not aware of the problem, but will now step up enforcement.

The penalty for illegal dumping is up to a $2,500 dollar fine or one year in jail.

Anybody with information is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

 

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