The City of Marietta, the bustling metropolis up I-75 where people are all pissed off about President Barack Obama shutting down fighter-jet production and big government hating on cigarette lovers, is once again tackling A.L. Burruss Park, a cloistered wooded area near Dobbins Air Force Base and Life University that's well-known for "cruising."
If you grew up in Marietta, like I did, you often heard about the police busts and TV news teams conducting "investigative reports" at the 46-acre park. Men would often drive to the park from around metro Atlanta, walk into the woods, and meet for casual or anonymous sex.
The Marietta Daily-Journal reports today that city government is now wondering what the hell t do with the park, where police have made as many 10 misdemeanor arrests in one month. There are talks of turning it into standalone greenspace or even closing it for several years to curtail the illegal activity.
Marietta City Councilman Grif Chalfant just plain doesn't understand the appeal.
"I don't understand that group - a perverted bunch," [Marietta Councilman Grif Chalfant] said, referring to gay men having sex in the parks. "I don't know anybody who goes there. I wouldn't want to be there. It's like lover's lane for - whatever."
"Normal people have nothing do over there except for a couple of trails. If we had a soccer field, normal people would use it. If you make it a destination place you will possibly eliminate the problem," he said.
A city official stresses the crackdown "wasn't a matter of singling out a particular segment of the community."
According to one of the article's commenters, they might be unwittingly doing so. So says "Enter Your Name":
With cigar smoking and gay sex in the city parks being criminalized, what are married conservative men to do with themselves around here? Molest more children?
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