Your Opinion: Cleanup needed at Memorial Park

Dear Editor:

Jefferson City has many excellent recreational facilities. The recent completion of the pedestrian bridge has added to those facilities. The ice arena, swimming pools, baseball and soccer fields are all well maintained, which is credit to the park department.

While these are all taken care of, Memorial Park has been allowed to deteriorate to the point that repairing it will be very expensive.

I would like to invite Mr. (Bill) Lockwood and the park board to walk or ride around the trail and observe just how much work needs to be done.

They will observe large areas with no grass, erosion, uncollected leaves, muddy areas which will breed mosquitos, a creek bank that needs to be stabilized and sticks and debris that need to be picked up. There are also dangerous sinkholes which need to be filled now.

They will also note the damage done this week by the mowing machine. Huge ruts and large areas have the sod literally torn up, thereby adding to the erosion problem.

The same mower operator who caused this damage was observed throwing sticks and logs that someone had worked to pile up into the creek. There are other piles of sticks that were piled up weeks ago and still have not been picked up.

Before we spend money on Adrian’s Island and a recreation center, let’s spend some money to repair and properly maintain what we already have.

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