|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.