Church Member Find Drugs, Condoms In Park Across The Street

(Memphis) A neighborhood church is on a mission to clean up a park it considers a  neighborhood eyesore.

Members of Shekinah Glory Church also want to make American Way Park a safer place for kids.

“There was graffiti right here,” said Pansy Carmichael.

Carmichael is member of Shekinah Glory Church, located just across the street from the park.

She said American Way Park is no place for neighborhood kids.

There is very little playground equipment and broken glass and garbage everywhere.

“We found drugs and condoms,” said Carmichael.

Carmichael said they have to take church kids to other parks to play, and last month had to clean it up themselves before they could hold a block part there.

“It’s a big neglect on the part of the city. I know there is a span they supposed to have for parks like five years, but these kids need something to do right now,” said Carmichael

While we were at the park Wednesday, city crews were cutting the grass, but left behind the trash.

Carmichael says they’ve already contacted city leaders and the parks commission for help and are hoping to get local businesses involved to clean and repair the park.

“Because we are about the community we want to give back,” said Carmichael.

She says it will take a community effort to make this a better and safer place.

9 comments

    • Dr. JohnS

      Hank would you be willing to go with me and help them clean it up? That is part of our city also.

    • Dr. JohnS

      grooid, I keep hoping that one day I will read an intelligent and positive post from you. I have to ask, what difference does it make what they serve for Communion with the park being torn apart?

  • bambam84

    Gonna take a lot more than community, prayer, and a couple of playgrounds here and there to make this part of town a,”Better and safer place.” Mini Beirut, man.

    • Dr. JohnS

      yes you are correct, but one has to start some where. It is much better for them to try to make a difference than get on a computer and gripe and complain. May I ask what have you done to make Memphis a better city?

  • bambam84

    I’ve never left condoms or illegal paraphanelia in public places, for one. I applaud the effort, just saying there’s a LOT of work to be done in this PARTICULAR part of town.
    A playground is a start, but what about more adult oriented activity locations that don’t involve showing your I.d. and a two drink minimum? Not too much else since the mall left, just the same old scenery year after year, and that’s where a lot of the trouble comes from.
    I guess we’ll see if there is any merit with follow through on this issue for now, and then hope more follow suit.

  • Hard Truths

    Perfectly nice park with a chicken-shack church nearby that thinks it OWNS the adjacent park.

    Theocrats should be terminated on sight. They are MUCH too big for their britches in Memphis and the Mid-South.

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