I'm not sure who you met, but I don't remember anyone from here saying anything about going to your area for an event. I'm not saying I know everyone or know what everyone does, but in a small town, word gets around. I know several of the Abilene players, and they are for the most part very good people to be around at a tournament.
It is unfortunate that some people have to let their "habits" take control of their lives and cause them to make some really dumb decisions. According to the Park Foreman (who I went and talked with yesterday), this individual went past the barricades at the entrance to the park, then moved some other barricades that were placed on the bridge near the course parking lot (actually the individual tossed the barricades into the creek
). When the Parks personnel approached this person to let him know the course was closed for the clean-up project, he instantly started yelling and swearing at them. After threatening the city people, the police were called and he left in a rage, destroying more barricades on the way out. The Parks & Rec. Dept. will take action to assure that this person is held accountable for his actions, so there will probably be more police presence in the Park. Hopefully this incident will help some of the less respectful people in this world understand that they need to consider their actions a little more carefully.