Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick said the City of Crossett will look into what it needs to do to open the playground and bathrooms at the entrance to the Crossland Zoo for users of the Crossett City Park.
The issue of opening the facilities was raised at Monday’s meeting of the Crossett City Council after Councilwoman Crystal Marshall asked about the matter, saying it is difficult for families with young children to use the park with no access to restroom facilities.
Part of the issue, however, is that the Community Alliance for Resource Development (CARD), still holds to the lease to the zoo even though the zoo has now been closed, McCormick said.
Council members have in the past questioned if CARD has voided its lease since it no longer operates the zoo and the city had to pick up an insurance bill the group had agreed to pay as part of its deal with the city.
City Attorney James Hamilton said he is not sure the lease was ever officially recorded.
McCormick said the city needs someone from CARD to officially let the city know if the organization still exists. Councilwoman Valerie Martin, who was on the CARD board before her election, told him, “I will say it. It is over.”