The garden in Springfield, Illinois, is one of the more beautiful gardens in the United States, with lots of water, flowers, and even some animals.
But one of its most distinctive features is the large, open space inside the garden that is surrounded by a fence.
The fence surrounds the garden, and it has been in use for more than 100 years.
When a family moved in to Springfield in the 1960s, the garden’s owner built a fence to keep out the neighbors and the public.
But after the new family moved into Springfield about 30 years ago, the fences became a source of contention.
The new family was worried about being left out in the cold, and so, the fence was removed.
Since the fence’s removal, the surrounding area has become increasingly quiet, though the family still visits Springfield frequently to enjoy its lush greenery and to visit a nearby pond.
The neighbors who live nearby worry that the fence will lead to a repeat of the old conflict.
“The neighbor, we know him to be a very good neighbor, but we also know he is a very, very nasty neighbor,” neighbor Larry Dehn told local TV station KTVI.
“It’s been like this since I’ve been here, and I have seen it over and over again, and we’re just not going to let it go.”
He added that he’d like to see the fence removed as a way to protect the family’s property and the neighborhood’s green space.
“This has been our main concern for many years,” Dehn said.
“There are a lot of people in the neighborhood who want to live in a nice, green, safe environment and we want to protect those.”
The fence is a remnant of the neighborhood and the garden itself.
But neighbors are worried about the fence becoming a nuisance.
“You can see it, and you can smell it, but the neighbor, he’s not even bothered about us,” neighbor Jim Miller told KTVE.
Miller said he was worried that the neighbors’ desire to maintain a fence could be used as a political tool.
“If you’re doing something that you don’t like, then you can just say that, and they’ll try to make you do it,” he said.
The residents of Springfield have been lobbying for the fence to be removed for years.
“They don’t have to do it, they just have to move,” neighbor Roberta Lyle told KKTVA.
“I have a great neighbor, and this fence is just a little bit over the top.”
When the fence first went up, the neighbors were supportive of the decision, saying that the community needed to feel safe.
“We all knew that it was a beautiful piece of landscaping, and when the neighbors got into the issue, it was over the hill,” neighbor Gary Mather said.
But the fence has become a source for tension.
In 2010, residents filed a lawsuit against the neighbor over the fence, claiming that it interfered with their right to privacy and created a safety risk for them and their property.
“He is a racist and is just trying to push his agenda on everybody else,” neighbor Mike Mather told KXAN.
“So we’re going to do what we can to stop him.”
When neighbors tried to remove the fence in 2014, the city decided to keep it and moved in.
The city also removed a sign that read “NO TOUCHING,” saying that it had become a public nuisance.
The next day, the residents asked the city to reconsider, saying they felt that the sign had become “an effective tool in the hands of a racist.”
When KTVA News asked the City of Springfields about the signs, spokesperson Jennifer Hockett said that the city has not reviewed them and that it would not comment further.
“Springfield is a diverse community, and our intent is to support and encourage people of all races, creeds, and religions to live and work in harmony,” Hocketts said in a statement.
The neighbor who built the fence did not respond to a request for comment.
The neighborhood is currently on a one-day, non-denominational prayer walk.
But many neighbors still want to see it removed, and Mather says that he will continue to raise the issue with the city.
“Hopefully, the people who want the fence go, and hopefully the people that want to keep the fence come, and that’s good,” Mather explained.