Rough Edges Detract From Playgrounds

Monday’s sunny and warm weather attracted children all over the city to area playgrounds but there’s one playground in one big city park that did not attract much of a crowd. Parents are raising concerns about the conditions at NP Dodge Park.

Julie and her son Frankie spend a lot of time at NP Dodge Park. They enjoy the park and all it has to offer but there’s one place where Julie won’t allow her children to go in the park and that’s the playground.

Julie says the equipment is old, broken, rusty and dangerous and she has to keep her children away from what she sees as a hazard.

“There’s missing bolts and jagged metal and I just don’t want someone getting hurt,” she said. “Be nice if they could do something about it, make it safe or take down the stuff that’s not safe.”

Julie would like to see something done, some repairs made or some new equipment installed so she doesn’t have to look like the mean mom.

“It’s very disappointing when I have to tell them no. It saddens me. My little one doesn’t quite get it, especially if they see other kids playing. Makes me look like the bad guy ‘cause I don’t want my kids to get hurt. It’s hard. It’s hard.”

City parks officials say they will take a look at the equipment to see if they can repair any equipment damaged by vandalism or wear and tear. They say the Dodge Park playground is on the list to be replaced but right now it’s not at the top of the list. Officials say there is playground equipment out there that looks worse than the gear in Dodge Park.

Officials from the City Parks Department says it cost anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 to replace playground equipment.

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