SUN’s Southside Coalition invited Parks & Rec. Commissioner Pat Driscoll to our April 11th meeting and showed him photos and told him horror stories of the neglect of McKinley Park. The result was a commitment to work with neighboring Brighton Family Center to use the park during the summer, bringing more of the mobile recreation unit to the park–and a special “blitz clean” of the park.
The Southside Coalition is also pushing to develop McKinley into a full-day “Drop In” park, with a permanent Parks & Rec. presence other than the lifeguards in the pool. If more families felt safe using the park, fewer drug dealers will hang around.