DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – City council member Dwaine Caraway demanded action from city employees after seeing a newly opened spray park in his district looking like a muddy mess.
Caraway was driving by Beckley-Saner Park to see the new spray ground that opened just 10 days ago.
He was livid when he spotted the cement surrounded the spray ground covered in mud.
“Those babies were out there at 8:30 this morning waiting on the water to come on, willing to walk through the mud to get to the spray ground,” Caraway said. “They don’t have to do that. They have a voice.”
Surrounding the cement were more puddles of mud and standing water. “It’s unacceptable. Period,” Caraway said.
The city’s parks department told Caraway that a broken irrigation pipe may be the reason for the standing water and mud. The concern for Caraway is the threat of West Nile Virus.
“I want to make sure that we take the threat away or minimize the threat as much as possible so that it won’t be a problem,” he said.
By the time Caraway made his way back to the park to see what maintenance crews had done to alleviate the problems, the biggest mud puddle had been temporarily fenced in with plastic and the smaller mud puddles had been covered with sand.
The dirty cement surrounding the spray ground had been power-washed by the time he returned later in the evening.
Since it’s opening, hundreds have visited the new spray ground.
“It was such a great idea. We need more places like this,” said Eva Alejandro, who grew up in Oak Cliff. She says many children in that neighborhood don’t have the money to go to water parks so the spray park has been very popular.
Even though she and hundreds of others have enjoyed the new spray ground, they, too, say there could be improvements.
“Shade, definitely. Maybe fix the ground a little bit more, make it to where it’s not so dirty,” she said.
And Caraway promises those improvements will be coming, very soon.
“It’s not going to look like that this weekend. It’s going to look like a spray ground. It better,” he said.
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