Posted: Oct 15, 2012 10:03 PM by Melissa Schroeder - email@example.com
Updated: Oct 15, 2012 11:51 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- A man who volunteers with the city's Adopt-A-Park program says a developer destroyed a large area of brush and trees at Oso Creek Park.
But that developer said it was just a big misunderstanding.
For more than a year now, Art Norman's been volunteering his time to clean up Oso Creek Park and it's been no easy task.
He said, "We have over 500 hours of community service cleaning up the park."
About a week ago, as he was out for his "nature" walk in the park.
Norman noticed a large clearing that was anything but "natural".
The brush and trees appeared to be plowed over.
He said, "It was really heart breaking to see all of that."
We asked the City Parks and Recreation Department about it.
They told us the developer -- MPM Homes -- accidentally cleared 30 feet of the park for their subdivision.
The city's now working with MPM Homes to repair the problem.
We also talked to the president of the company who told us this was just a misunderstanding
and the problem will be fixed.
MPM Homes President Moses Mostaghasi said, "We made that parking lot and cut the land around it maybe a little bit too wide."
Mostaghasi says the plan was to build a parking lot that Oso Creek Park visitors could use.
He told us the city knew about this plan but the two never discussed where that parking lot would be placed until after it was cleared.
This led to some confusion.
The reporter asked, "So that was your intention from the very beginning is using that for Oso Creek Park?"
Mostaghasi answered, "Yes to clear the land and make it accessible."
But Art Norman says until a professional can look at the damage no one will know how big of a mistake this really was.
He just hopes it's fixed and not forgotten.
The Parks and Rec Department said they're working with the developer right now on coming up with a solution that may include re-planting some of the trees knocked down.
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