Volunteers said the problem began when Monongalia County condensed the committees overseeing the park into one.
The City of Bridgeport has declared today, July 3, Paul Whiteman Day, in honor of the long-time resident's 103rd birthday.
Whiteman ran a contracting business in Bridgeport.
He said the city's streets were still dirt when he was growing up.
In addition to being alive for more than a century, Whiteman also has been married to his wife Eleanor for 82 years.
Whiteman's actual birthday is tomorrow, July 4.