According to Knoxville's own Agrarian Urbanite Tracie Hellwinckel, probably city workers, sadly--we're talking about the nicely rejuvenated garden planters seeded with thriving vegetables and other beautification efforts taken on by a neighborhood group of kids and role models in Parkridge who called themselves the City Rangers. While, according to Hellwinckel, Parkridge greenie Brandy Slaybaugh (who's also a heavy hitter on the Urban Hens legislation that's one vote away from becoming a city ordinance) was trying to get official permission for the sprucing up, someone mulched the planters and cut down some trees to boot. Community Development Director and mayoral hopeful Madeline Rogero has already responded to Hellwinckel's column with a couple of posts of her own, the latest of which reads thus:
23 July 2010 at 9:34 am
Update: The Horticulture Division is under David Brace in Public Service. He responded to me late last night that he will be taking some of his crew to the park today to survey the damage to figure out what happened, and will be meeting with Joe Walsh, head of Parks and Recreation. He will then want to meet with the neighbors and City Rangers involved...."