“You have to be careful of the people who come to visit you,” said the Rev. John G. Stroud, an Episcopal minister in Millbrook.
“They’re going to take a piece of you away.”
A decade ago, the park was home to the oldest and youngest families in Millfield County.
At one point, the town of Millbrook, which includes Denali, was home the entire length of Denali Mountain, according to its website.
In 2006, a wildfire burned out of control in Millbury, killing five people.
A year later, a series of blazes ripped through the town.
In 2014, the fire killed the town’s mayor and two city employees.
A year after that, the city declared a state of emergency.
Residents of Millfield started to feel safer, Stroud said.
In recent years, however, there have been incidents of crime and vandalism in the park, with people vandalizing the property and even damaging the park itself, he said.
As for the park’s residents, many of them were happy with the change.
But there was still some apprehension when the park opened, Stouthroud said, noting the new restrictions.
“It’s a bit unsettling.
You think you’re going in the right direction, but the other side of it is you’re thinking ‘What are they going to do?'”