LEVY, Ark. (KTHV) - A trail intended for walking becomes dumping grounds for one North Little Rock community. Neighbors in Levy say they wish people would just stop littering.
When people heard about the idea of the city replacing railroad tracks with a walking path, they were pretty excited. Now, neighbors are wondering if it was such a great idea after all. Longtime resident Beverly Ross has concerns about what’s happening in her neighborhood.
"Who's going to clean? who's going to mow?" Ross asks. "A couple of months ago I quit smoking, so I started using this path for exercise."
Ross and other neighbors say that trash and high grass are a constant problem. After the city built the path, neighbors said it received minimal attention and the trash piled up.
"Somewhere along the way, the cleaning and mowing of it kind of fell to the wayside," Ross said.
The grass continued to grow higher and higher while trash piled up. Longtime resident Randy Smith said it wasn’t always like this.
"When they built the trail, it was real nice and I cleaned our streets for, I don't know, a year or year and a half," Smith said.
Neighbors loved the idea of taking a stroll after work. They just wish people would pay attention the warning signs when it comes to dumping.
Smith claims the city never mows the grass. Smith helped clean his neighbors' backyards, using his personal truck to collect waste and trash.
“The mayor let me on the trail with my car and I'd pick up branches and litter every day or every other day," Smith added.
North Little Rock spokesperson Nathan Hamilton said the city was unaware of the issue and would go out this week to evaluate the problem.
“We are not as 'hoody' as everybody thinks Levy is. We are clean. We just want everything else to stay clean looking,” Ross said.