Phoenix man owns two homes with over-the-top lawn art


by Crystal Cruz

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 6:53 PM

Trash or treasure, you decide?

PHOENIX -- For the first time, Don Parks, 65, is opening up his home and sharing with the public his prized possessions.

“The rocket ship there is a movie prop, from Hollywood,” said Parks.

A piece of history packs almost every square inch of his Phoenix lawn.

A dinosaur that used to attract motorists to Sinclair Gas Stations sits near the front gate and a plastic rodeo horse sits near the back of the lawn.

“I just like the stuff to fill my yard,” said Parks.

It's been more than 30 years since the Vietnam veteran started collecting what he calls "junk."

The collection got so big that Parks bought a second house across the street.

The homes have security cameras and dogs to keep sticky fingers off his property.

Parks' second home is also filled with classic toys, like peddle cars.

“I never had one growing up,” said Parks.

This is Park’s private museum packed with stuff you can't find every day.

“I've gone all through Texas and Nevada,” said Parks, who travels the country looking for treasures.

When 3TV asked Debbie Karsky who lives two houses down from Parks if the collection is trash or treasure, Karsky said “Treasure. Treasure absolutely!”

An iconic lumberjack statue that was once Phoenix roadside art is now lawn art.

“That's the one that you can see just about anywhere on the block,” said another neighbor.

The trinkets attracted Karsky to the neighborhood.

“Even over there the golf ball. My dad would love it,” said Karsky.

Not everyone is this excited by the sights.

“It would be nice if he kept it down to one house but as you see we have both houses here,” said Maria Lopez.

Parks said no one has complained to him about his lawn art.

“Appliances or broken down cars you’re not allowed to have that, lawn art I guess is all right,” said Parks.

City of Phoenix officials said they have not received any complaints about the houses. A city spokesperson said Parks can't be given a citation because he considers his stuff lawn art.

“If you look at the whole block it just lowers the whole value and might affect us yeah,” said Lopez.

Two houses, double the treasures, double the fun for Parks.

Parks asked 3TV not to release his address for security reasons