State of City Parks

April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT


After a long winter, some residents aren't happy with their local parks

The sun is out, the temps are up, and people are getting outside after a long winter.

"It's great to be out here for the first time since winter, it seemed like it was never going to end," John Greico said.

But for some, that optimism was short-lived seeing the current condition of several area parks.

At Martin Luther King Park, several outdoor shelters were replaced leaving behind caution tape, piles of dirt, and hay over mud.

"Nobody's happy with the way it is," nearby resident Billy Robinson said.

In Allentown, the small but popular Arlington Park has neighbors planting flowers and helping with upkeep, but large tire marks and divots are too much for them to handle.

"I hope the city is going to do something about repairing it, because this is something the neighbors can't do," nearby resident Luanne Bauer said.

Bidwell Park off of Elmwood Avenue is the soon-to-be-home of the ever popular summer farmer's market. Craig Locke sells baked goods at the market and on nice days, and noted the many issues that need to be addressed before opening weekend next month.

"It is a bit muddy, there are places that are scuffed up, and it looks like it has been run over, there are chunks out of it," Locke said.

At Delaware Park, the nice weather means a return of field sports, even if players like Warren Solomon say those fields can make it more difficult to play on.

"I think the fields can be taken better care of before it turns into winter, you can make specific fields, do more to make it safer for the players especially," Solomon said.

But not all the talk was negative when it came to the shape of area parks.

"It's not that muddy, the pave ways are great, there aren't any holes. I've been able to go around without dodging anything," Amy Koch of North Tonawanda said while walking her dog.

A city spokesman says there is a schedule in place for dealing with issues in the parks, and since the weather has just recently gotten better, crews will be out and everything will be taken care of in due time.