Bellmead man fights to keep local public land clean

POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 7:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:45pm

A piece of land originally dedicated to the people of Bellmead over 100 years ago is now in pretty bad shape. But, one resident is trying his best to get the city and nearby businesses to help clean it up.

In 1911, Mr. O H Cross dedicated a narrow strip of land to the people of Bellmead. He wrote that it should be ‘forever kept open as (a) public park.'

The donated land lies in the old Bellmead Court neighborhood. The specific piece of property runs down Park Avenue.

Overgrown weeds, littered trash and overflow from two nearby junkyards defines the property today.

It’s safe to say that Cross’ original wish to have his land become a public park will never be fulfilled. But, one Bellmead resident over the the past 30 years has been trying his best to at least get it clean.

His name is Toby Monnrial.

“This property is owned by the city of Bellmead but it will not accept responsibility, said Monnrial. The bottom line is that it is being used as a junkyard right now and it's prime condition for the West Nile Virus.”

“That situation down there didn’t develop over night. And I’m not sure it’s going to be resolved overnight.”

City Manager Bo Thomas says the area has improved and that a reasonable approach towards the two junkyards is the best course to clean it up.

“That situation down there didn’t develop over night and I’m not sure it’s going to be resolved overnight, said Thomas. I think if you get them to buy into what is needed and get them to take an interest in keeping it that way, it will get better and stay clean.”

But until that happens, the fight will continue for Monnrial.

“To me, this represents what the state of Texas is all about; That our dreams, though it may take over 100 years, will get fulfilled.”


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