Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Double Standard at Metro Parks?

While Metro Parks is having meetings with more affluent West End Nashvillians on plans for an ampitheatre and nature trails for Richland Park, less affluent North End's Morgan Park still waits for completion of a long-promised multi-purpose field, a greenway spur, and a playground.

That last one is particularly galling: kids have been playing in the park for about a year now without a playground. Moreover, the Parks Department seems to have broken its promise to install a playground by Summer 2008. School started Monday, which means that Morgan Park Community Center is now off its summer hours. Summer has come and gone with no meetings since February and no communication with North End neighborhoods.

To add insult to injury, three of four large security flood lights that illumine the historic portion of the Morgan Park Community Center have been burned out for weeks, leaving a part of the park more vulnerable to vandalism at night.

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