TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Attendance at local parks increases up to 200 percent during this time of year.
The city of Tupelo has 18 parks offering a lot of outdoor leisure activity.
Miranda Ryan and John Poque say they enjoy the parks.
"With winter gone and spring's here, it's a good time to come out with your family and friends to the park," said Ryan, Tupelo resident.
However, the improved weather also attracts people who have different intentions when they go out to a park.
"During that time, we have people that do not take care of the parks. We have trouble with vandalism not only in our big parks but our smaller parks. Again, we ask that the citizens keep an eye on this and see something unusual or something that doesn't look right, please call 911," said Director of Tupelo Parks and Recreatopm Don Lewis.
Another problem that increases is people dumping trash at parks.
To help curb that issue, bins are just about everywhere you look.
"There's trash cans at every picnic table," adds Lewis. "They're around the trails. They're at every playground, and we would just ask that people take a few minutes and walk their trash to the cans."
There are recycling bins available both at Ballard and Veterans Park.
"We now have recycling bins at baseball, softball, soccer and tennis," stated Lewis. "We do collect those and put them in a different bin for recycling."
"Treat it as if this park is your home. You know, keep it clean pick up your trash don't leave things laying around everywhere," said Tupelo resident Nicle Mayer.
She says it's hard to enjoy the park when it's full of trash.
On Saturday, March 23rd at 10 a-m Tupelo Parks and Recreation will be introducing a new Adopt-A-Park program where local residents and businesses are going to be asked to help keep an extra set of eyes on the parks.