Authorities are increasing patrols at Windermere Park after two recent incidents where trucks damaged the grounds.
On Monday, three 18-year-old men from Norcross each received citations for damaging park property, unauthorized use of the park and vehicles restricted, said Steve Zaring, Forsyth County code enforcement supervisor.
Each violation carries a penalty of up to a $1,000 fine in Magistrate Court, Zaring said.
Park rangers issued the citations after Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call that trucks had been driving through the area next to the Ace Hardware store.
Last week, five Forsyth County teens received the same citations following a Feb. 4 report that about $2,500 in damage had been caused by trucks driving in the park, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Zaring said the five were cited after they “were foolish enough to come back around and one of the park rangers found them.”
Reports of drivers “mudding” in the trail area of the eastern Forsyth park and the vacant neighboring property are common, he said.
Though similar incidents occur occasionally in other county parks, Zaring said Windermere is the “habitual offender park” and rangers have increased their watch in the area.
“It is a popular spot,” he said, “and they have done some serious damage.”