Neighborhood Waiting For City To Replace Torched Playground

(Memphis) The weather is nice, but people living in one Orange Mound neighborhood say their kids don’t have a nice place to play.

Someone torched most of the playground at Brentwood park last summer and the city hasn’t replaced it yet.

“It’s ugly. Yeah, it’s ugly,” said John Polk.

Most of the play set is gone and you can still see the scorch marks on the rubber flooring around it.

“It’s a nice park I played here as a kid. It’s just unacceptable to have a park in a neighborhood where kids play that’s been damaged like this for three years,” said Polk.

Polk has called just about everyone he can think of in the city, but says so far he’s just gotten the run around.

He says if the city can build a big, brand new playground at Overton Park in Midtown  they can put a new one in Orange Mound.

“They said they are waiting for insurance to kick in, but our tax dollar pay for this,” said Polk.

The  city says it removed most of burned equipment 6 to 8 weeks ago for safety reasons.

A city spokesperson said it took time to file insurance claims, but construction on the new playground should begin in June.


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