Whenever I think I’ve seen and heard most everything, I come across something that leaves me with my mouth hanging open!
The latest mystery concerned a set of fancy steel gates that the Corp of Engineers erected a few years ago in order that they could closed River Run Park whenever it flooded. Why, they needed to do that exactly was a mystery in and of itself. Most people have enough common sense not to drive into a flooded park. At such times, the Corps also goes to some expense to move the Park Attendant cabin up the Baker street hill to keep it dry – now these are Engineers you understand. You’d think they could have put the cabin up on pilings so they wouldn’t have to move it at all! Then there are the campsite canopies. The ones along the river front also get removed and carted up out of the reach of the water – That I can sort of understand, but it’s expensive to move them and We the People pay the tab. One year, I think it was 2013, the Corps even decided to plant new baby trees all over the Park next to the river. These promptly got submerged and killed during the next spring’s flood. I think a ‘duh’ would be an appropriate response.
So, as 2016 go started, that old gate was locked and then remained locked even during a drought stricken spring. Even after the other gate was opened in April for the campers and RV’ers. But not that old Baker Street gate, no sir. And, as you might guess, this irked more that a few people that lived in the subdivision above.
Next, we fast forward to June 2016 and even calls to open the gate by the engineers of the GRE doing the Powersite Sewer Project went unheeded by the Corps. Yes sir, that old gate was locked up tighter than one of Hillary’s pant suits.
Finally, a call by a concerned resident of that subdivision called the main office in Arkansas and low and behold, he was told they might open the gate, but that it would only be for three weeks as construction would be starting in the Park at that time! CONSTRUCTION? Wow, it must be once heck of a big job if they have to seal off that street again. I wondered too, if perhaps they would be closing the entire park at that time? So many questions….
Update: July 6 – Te gate was never re-opened and so perhaps we can add yet another term to the Corps resume – liars…