I am responding to the May 7 Herald article regarding the Ballard Park project, in which my Bradenton City Councilman Patrick Roff stated: The park on 17th Avenue (it was mistakenly called Street) West could win "the ugliest park" award if the city had a contest.
I have e-mailed the councilman twice regarding the condition of the park, without any responses. Apparently, Mr. Roff has given up on our neighborhood park.
It was severely neglected throughout the 11-month construction project of the 17th Avenue Bridge, which was completed this past February.
The park has fallen back to people doing drugs, litter covers the ground, trash cans are either destroyed or non-existing, homeless people are sleeping in the gazebo, trees are not being trimmed, making the park dark, the lights have burned out, the fence surrounding the park is falling down, and the playground equipment is filthy and in need of paint.
The park is used by a lot of children, families and the tennis courts are very popular Why is nothing being done?
Doesn't our neighborhood (and city) deserve better? Why should another park project take vital resources away from an established one?
Will that park be abandoned once the city completes it? Whose responsibility is it to maintain, keep the park users safe, and make it some place special and be proud of?
How about a clean-up campaign, signs promoting litter pickup, more patrolling, better lights, better fencing, and basic regular maintenance.
Our neighborhood deserves it.