MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Some police and residents are concerned about some ATV's and other off-road vehicles using and abusing an area called "Solomon Property".
If you see something, say something. Milford police are asking residents to let them know if they see ATV's or other off-road vehicles around the city.
"Give us a call and let us know if you know anyone that's using the land illegally," says Milford Police Officer Jeff Nielsen, "we're trying to reduce the amount of damage that's being done."
The part private, part city-owned property has become a popular playground for off-road vehicles. Nielsen says they're not only trespassing, but they're destroying the walking trails and wildlife as well.
"They're eroding the trails and compounding the problem," said Steve Johnson, Milford resident.
The vehicle operators may just want to have a good time, but some of their acts are causing a lot of problems.
"They're making mud bogging pits, which is fun to them, but damaging to the environment," said Nielsen, "so we're trying to raise awareness to them and the people around here to call us and report those activiites."
Police say they park their trailers right off the highwa and then enter the park. Police are in the park, prepared to catch them.
They have already arrested two men, ages 22 and 40, who were riding an ATV in "Solomon Property" Wednesday afternoon. Both were charged with trespassing and one with operating an ATV on city property. The ATV was impounded.
Police have photographs of others trespassing. They and concerned citizens say they're taking preservation of the city's land very seriously and are upping their efforts to deter any motorcycles, ATVs and 4-wheel drive trucks from further damaging property.
"This property really is a great example of some natural beauty that Milford is very fortunate to have that helps improve the quality of our life," said Johnson, "the city didn't invest $4.5 million for this property behind us to turn it into an ATV and off-road truck playground."
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