Valley mom taking action to fix degrading park

Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 00:41:22-05

A Valley mom is taking action to improve a city park.

Pierce Park, near Thomas Road and 44th Street, is in bad shape; but Sarah Morrison is hoping to give it a much needed makeover.

Built back in the 1960’s with not proper upkeep is causing the park to have aging equipment and rust, not to mention graffiti.

"Specifically the toddler playground. The rubber was cracking, there were jagged edges that were loose that a toddler could pick up and eat," Morrison said.

Morrison said she found multiple dangerous issues. 

A Phoenix Parks and Recreation spokesperson said, “Parks are inspected about once a month for problems, and improvements and repairs are made…when they have the money.”

Morrison posted pictures of the park online on a neighborhood website. It didn't take long for the city to catch wind and get to work.

"We did a walk through and make a list of repairs together," Morrison said. "They definitely paid attention once I contacted them." 

She's glad that her son and many others will now have a safe place to play. However, the park is still far from perfect. She explained that there are still sharp edges that need to be repaired and graffiti is still an eyesore.

If you see something at your local park, speak up.

If you see something, say something. If your local parks needs some attention call the Parks and Recreation Department at 602-262-6862.