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Volunteers help clean up historic Pelham park

A historic park in Pelham is spotless, after community volunteers pitched in to help. (Source: WALB) A historic park in Pelham is spotless, after community volunteers pitched in to help. (Source: WALB)
Police said that vandals damaged the park just days after improvements were made. (Source: WALB) Police said that vandals damaged the park just days after improvements were made. (Source: WALB)
Lammons said that it's been a little over a month since residents asked for improvements to be added to the park.  (Source: WALB) Lammons said that it's been a little over a month since residents asked for improvements to be added to the park.  (Source: WALB)
"Next time, don't be so rough on it," said Lammons. "Take care of what you got. You wanted it, now you got it. Take care of it."  (Source: WALB) "Next time, don't be so rough on it," said Lammons. "Take care of what you got. You wanted it, now you got it. Take care of it."  (Source: WALB)
"I went and got the tools that I needed and came and fixed it," said Quardarius Lammons. (Source: WALB) "I went and got the tools that I needed and came and fixed it," said Quardarius Lammons. (Source: WALB)
PELHAM, GA (WALB) -

A historic park in Pelham is spotless, after community volunteers pitched in to help. 

Police said that vandals damaged the park just days after improvements were made. 

The Francis Davis Park has been a fun spot for kids and their families for decades. 

And now residents say they're determined to keep it that way, and won't let vandals ruin their fun. 

On Tuesday, the Francis Davis Park looked almost as if it was brand new. Bolted down slides, tied up swings and a litter-free lawn.

But it took some selfless city workers who went above and beyond to get the park back in shape. 

"I went and got the tools that I needed and came and fixed it," said Quardarius Lammons.

Lammons works for the Public Works department. He was on his way home Wednesday night when he drove past the park.

He said that what he saw was disappointing. 

"Took the swing stakes out of the ground, tore all the slides off, and I think one of the ladders," explained Lammons. 

Lammons said that it's been a little over a month since residents asked for improvements to be added to the park.  

But after new picnic tables and swing sets were installed, someone stole park equipment and somebody left an empty liquor bottle in the bathroom. 

"Well, I was kind of mad because they all wanted stuff to play with, then once they get it, they tear it up," said Lammons. 

So Lammons and his coworker, Elijah Haywood, went to work cleaning up trash and bolting down slides. 

"We just did all we could with what we had," said Haywood.

Both men said just minutes after they fixed the place up, kids were already back to playing on the sets.

And they're asking other members in the community to help keep the park safe and clean for the children to enjoy. 

"Next time, don't be so rough on it," said Lammons. "Take care of what you got. You wanted it, now you got it. Take care of it." 

Pelham Police Chief Nealie McCormick said that officers have stepped up patrols around the park, and are also enforcing operation hours.  

The park is closed between sunset and sunrise. 

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