Clark Street Park Gossip

I reader who wanted to remain anonymous sent this in:

I took my son to Clark Street Park today.  My husband tells me that there were a few patches of cut up flooring that have been that way for several weeks.  Around 4ish, someone from the city came around to tell us the park was closed.  Apparently a child had tripped in one of the parks (not sure which one) and had broken an arm.  The city decided to repair all parks before another injury.  While I appreciate that they were fixing the park today, a few things come to mind..

Why wasn’t it fixed when the problem was first noticed, instead of putting our children at risk of injury and putting the city on the line for potential lawsuits.  The lady from the city who was evicting us from the park said the crew was in from NJ, so we’re not fixing these things ourselves but hiring outsiders at Sunday rates??  Seems like this could have been handled better, especially given the financial situation of the city.  I apologize, I don’t have many details on this, but thought it might be something you’d want for your blog.

I’m not quite sure how to answer, but didn’t this park go under renovation not too long ago? Would anybody who knows the history of Clark Street Park care to chime in? 

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6 thoughts on “Clark Street Park Gossip”

  1. A FOIL would most likely need to be done, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the parent’s attorney’s have begun the paperwork trail as to the condition of the Clark Street Playground Park.

    I know of a young boy who broke his tooth in the Georgia Avenue Playground on the little yellow duckie that’s spring was unspringing from the ground 2 years ago. The parent did not sue but bought it to the attention of the City Council. I think the duckie is still unsprung.

  2. As I do the Nosy Neighbor thing I was compelled to do a little more googling. According to this
    http://www.longbeachny.org/vertical/sites/%7BC3C1054A-3D3A-41B3-8896-814D00B86D2A%7D/uploads/%7B09E4FC00-627D-465A-A745-86855BF14820%7D.PDF

    A PDF file: Meeting Minutes City of Long Beach LWRP Community Meeting November 28, 2007 City Hall, 7pm noted the Clark Street playground received a grant for improvements. What those improvements were for it didn’t say.

  3. “Why wasn’t it fixed when the problem was first noticed, instead of putting our children at risk of injury and putting the city on the line for potential lawsuits.”

    Answer- this is how dumb government works.

    1. They hire many employees who don’t give a darn about the job, but only collecting a paycheck
    2. They hire so many of these people and give them so many promotions and benefits that there is “no money” to buy the materials for preventative maintenance/reapir, until there is an actual, completely unsurprising, emergency (like a kid breaking his arm).

    Look at our potholes, boardwalk with planks sticking up everywhere, broken curbs…

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