Buxton police charge dozens of people for entering shuttered park over the weekend

Buxton Police charged 40 people over the weekend for visiting a park that was closed by the town due to rowdiness, public drinking and excessive littering.Police stepped up patrols at Pleasant Point Park last weekend. Most of the people were charged with trespassing. Two were charged with resisting arrest, police said.Chief Troy Cline says the popular park on the Saco River has gotten out of control after recent reports of large gatherings and litter being left behind. Police also said there were reports of people throwing rocks at boaters on the river.Despite the park being closed, police estimate close to 100 people showed up to party over the weekend. A pickup truck was stuffed full of trash, cans and bottles and deflated rafts on Monday. Cline says his department is short-handed and cannot provide constant coverage of the park. He issued a stern warning on Monday.”The banks in this park are very steep. It’s very dangerous. You add alcohol to that mix, next thing I know, kids are slipping. They’re falling down, they’re going into the river, they’re hitting their heads on rocks. We’ve had people down here break their legs.”A 17-year-old boy died in a rope swing accident at the park last summer. Cline said he is hoping to avoid a repeat of that incident.Neighbors are frustrated, especially after hearing reports of people throwing rocks and debris at boaters.”The people who live here – who just want to come down and have a picnic and go for a swim – feel like they can’t do that because it’s kind of dangerous with all the wildness going on down here,” said Buxton residents Julie Gamelson.The park was closed in 2017 for the same reasons.

Buxton Police charged 40 people over the weekend for visiting a park that was closed by the town due to rowdiness, public drinking and excessive littering.

Police stepped up patrols at Pleasant Point Park last weekend. Most of the people were charged with trespassing. Two were charged with resisting arrest, police said.

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Chief Troy Cline says the popular park on the Saco River has gotten out of control after recent reports of large gatherings and litter being left behind. Police also said there were reports of people throwing rocks at boaters on the river.

Despite the park being closed, police estimate close to 100 people showed up to party over the weekend. A pickup truck was stuffed full of trash, cans and bottles and deflated rafts on Monday.

Cline says his department is short-handed and cannot provide constant coverage of the park. He issued a stern warning on Monday.

“The banks in this park are very steep. It’s very dangerous. You add alcohol to that mix, next thing I know, kids are slipping. They’re falling down, they’re going into the river, they’re hitting their heads on rocks. We’ve had people down here break their legs.”

A 17-year-old boy died in a rope swing accident at the park last summer. Cline said he is hoping to avoid a repeat of that incident.

Neighbors are frustrated, especially after hearing reports of people throwing rocks and debris at boaters.

“The people who live here – who just want to come down and have a picnic and go for a swim – feel like they can’t do that because it’s kind of dangerous with all the wildness going on down here,” said Buxton residents Julie Gamelson.

The park was closed in 2017 for the same reasons.