Elm park a shambles

The new trend in news is “crowd sourced reporting”. Yes, it’s a way to get work done for free, but it’s also a way to cover more ground in more depth than one person can manage.

Can we give it a shot?

Elm Park is a wreck. Two of the five swings are missing, and the ones that remain are mounted hilariously high from the ground. A spring toy is gone, and two garbage cans have been removed. Trash seems to be more prevalent, and there is a nasty patch of broken glass. Your correspondent has called several times about the missing equipment, and nothing has come of it.

The community has obviously been taking care of things; I know I’m not the only one picking up garbage, and someone has been making repairs to the climbing net. Community help is not enough, though–and frankly it’s not our job.

So, here is what I propose: can you, dear reader, take a gander at the park near you? See if things are as they should be, and are as they were. If this is systemic neglect, armed with info, I am sure we can get things fixed. 

If you see something in your park, leave a comment or send me an email.


My daughter is a future basketball star. That swing is at my bum level—and I’m 6’2″.




Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “Elm park a shambles”

  1. Alot bigger kids from CR Marchant hangs around in that park. And who knows what happens there after dark. And last summer I remember the grass didn’t cut enough. Your right the city should be step up, but I think there was a budget cut at the Parks Dept unfortunately.

  2. I know it might be intimidating to some, but consider saying something when you see a kid drop their freezie wrappers on the ground right in front of you. I’ve seen it lots of times and I now kind of make a sport out of it… if I see a kid carrying a close to finished treat, I will try and catch them littering. I speak nicely to them- never aggressively. I’ve even caught kids smoking drugs in the park and I’ve approached them too… I know, I know, this is not for everyone… but so far I have not gotten shot. The worst thing I’ve gotten is a dirty look, but mostly, even the toughest looking kids just look embarassed and chuck their garbage where it belongs. Remember the old “it takes a village to raise a child” thing? It’s true!

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