Like most urban parks, it had suffered over the years from neglect and lack of funding. The playground area had become unsafe and unattractive, and there was no money to rebuild it. The sidewalks needed repairs. There were not enough light fixtures, and many were missing or broken.
For the past four years, a small group of supporters, including our family, has worked to revitalize the park and make it the community treasure that we believed it could be.