Residents complain about park area

A resident near Branch Street Park in Baldwin approached the Board of Aldermen Thursday during its monthly meeting to ask that the park be shut down.

Lily Maxie said she was gathering a petition of signatures to close the park because no youngsters use it due to its condition.

She said though there is limited mowing in the play area, the rest is tall grass and trees are growing in some sections that were previously open. There are also holes that residents fear are snake holes.

Mayor Wayne Breaux said when he heard of the issue from Alderman Tony Gibson he directed public works to tend to the mowing, but that if more was needed he’d see to it that it gets done.

There are also poles in concrete to prevent vehicles from entering the ground that need to be trimmed around; the grass around them is very high, Maxie said.

“You can’t even see the poles,” she said.

There is also need for fill work in areas that hold water, Gibson said.

“I don’t know how long ago it was a usable place for children to play,” Alderman Thor Frederick said.

Maxie said she doesn’t let her grandchildren go to the park, and few others do. She said most go to the other Baldwin parks.

The restrooms have been wrecked, aldermen said, and need to be boarded up because the doors are gone.

A fence may also be necessary around the entire park, they said.

The board agreed to tend to the grass, trees and fill and consider what else can be done to revitalize or secure the area.

Also Thursday, Breaux said engineers are finalizing the plans for the Bayou Choupique flood protection program and acquiring rights of way are beginning.

Breaux also reported that housing rehabilitation through a public grant in the Branch Street area is also continuing, with two applicants in the approval process.

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