HANNIBAL – Due to health and safety concerns, the roadside park known as Mound Park just south of Wayland in Clark County will officially close to vehicles this week. “To preserve the integrity of the Indian burial mounds and to preserve our employee’s health and safety, we have to eliminate use of this roadside park,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Amy Crawford. Roadside parks in Missouri are owned and maintained by MoDOT, and most do not offer any facilities, other than a trash receptacle, picnic tables, and a place to park. “We can’t continue to expose our employees to cleaning up human waste at this roadside park,” Crawford explained further.
MoDOT crews are putting up barricades at either entrance to the park this week. All suspicious activity at this park and others should be reported to 911 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The construction of the roadside park was sponsored, complete with picnic tables and rest area facilities, in 1958. If you would like to learn more about the park and its history, please visit http://www.hawkeyestatearchaeologicalsociety.com/newsletter_nov13.htm.