Neighbors say south Tulsa park is in horrible shape

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 7/17/2013 5:31 pm Published: 7/17/2013 5:10 pm

Some south Tulsa neighbors say their park is being ignored by the city.

They said Leake Park at 71st and Memorial has become an eyesore and a safety concern.

One problem they pointed out is a pond covered with algae; they want the city to do something about it.

Ron Sipes said the woody area at Leake Park used to have mowed grass and mature trees.

Now, it's full of underbrush and secluded, right next to the walking trail.

"I can see them but they can't see me, I could come up behind them pull them into here nobody would ever know it. It's just a bad situation waiting to happen," he said.

Ron and his long-time neighbor Judy Ackerely said the bathrooms are usually locked, in fact the men's is welded shut.

They said the park's pond smells and looks bad.

"It stinks. I think it looks awful. The water's just horrendous," she said.

"The cattails and scum have taken over to the point the geese left and there are only seven ducks left. There are no fish. There's not even a turtle here now," said Sipes.

They said even some people have stopped coming.

"People were always fishing here. I used to bring my grandkids over here, I don't anymore," said Sipes.

The city told FOX23 it knows the pond is a problem, and it's working on a solution.

Officials also said the bathrooms have structural issues and it plans to demolish them. As for the woodsy area, the city said it will look into that complaint.

The city said it recently got some recommendations from OSU Extension on how the fix the pond. They're trying to figure out when and how much it will cost to fix it.

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Rugger5746 - 8/4/2013 10:24 AM
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To continue, I'm sure FOX would love to report on such a widespread community effort. Everyone who cares about this city can have their fifteen minutes. To help schedule "A Park A Saturday," or something along that line, message

Rugger5746 - 8/4/2013 10:20 AM
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I've been going to this park at least once a week for the past two years. It is sad to see this happen. It's not that the city takes better care of south Tulsa parks, it is the people. Teenagers drinking, people littering... These are our parks, not the government's. Maybe you guys would like to band together and help me clean the parks up one at a time. Everyone has trashbags. I'm sure someone can donate/make litter signs. If the city cannot keep up with the grass, can we not contract it out to local landscaping companies? The smaller the better. I have no problem buying a pair of waders and cleaning our ponds of all the trash as long as I know others will help me keep it that way. I don't mind being the "Crazy Wader Dude" as long as you DO mind being the quiet motionless victimized complainer.

Baloo Uriza - 7/20/2013 3:07 AM
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I think Loving Park is a pretty good example of what's wrong with Tulsa Parks. We got the Riverparks (and even they couldn't be bothered to correctly stripe a cycleway, it's not that hard, edgelines white, centerlines yellow, just like with any other public highway, save you only have one centerline instead of two, and it's either passing both ways or no passing both ways depending on if that centerline is solid or not). But then you get something that was a gift from the National Parks Service like Loving Park, and it's left to rot like a vacant lot...

Baloo Uriza - 7/20/2013 3:04 AM
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Someone should take him to Loving Park off North Mingo. I can't recall the tennis court ever having a net, the grass is overground, and the pool is closed but collected enough water to be a pretty sweet mosquito habitat...

bowlerdave - 7/18/2013 9:04 AM
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My goodness, a park in South Tulsa is in disrepair? We can't have this. Parks in North Tulsa, sure. They can continue to rot. No one cares about that. But a South Tulsa park? This just can't happen.
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