He wants Blanche Park reopened
This is an open letter sent in from a reader:
To our City of Miami/ Banana Republic of Coconut Grove officials:
Please update us on what is going on with our Blanche Park that sits closed without any obvious effort of getting it cleaned up.
The children of our neighborhood were locked out of their Blanche Park nearly a month ago so that a remediation can take place to address the contaminated soil concerns. This is prime time for beautiful late Winter/ Spring weather without all of the bugs and dizzying humidity, but of course we can all agree that our children’s health is of utmost importance. We live across the street from the park and scratch our heads with our neighbors who are trying to figure out why there has been no visible progress since the closure. We have seen workers at the park on two occasions over the course of a month; on one occasion we witnessed ONE (1) worker with a shovel....digging for his friends and co-workers perhaps, or awaiting some instruction on how/ where to begin??
When the toxic park issue was finally uncovered after decades of being buried, the City of Miami proclaimed Blanche Park was safe due to the AstroTurf which is why the park stayed open while all the other Miami toxic parks were closed. Then there were reports that the park would close to lay an extra layer of gravel below the AstroTurf in January. That time passed, the park remained open and then all of the sudden a notice appeared on the park gate notifying the neighborhood that the park would close the very next day for a period of at least 3 months for a proper park cleanup. No doubt because those on the Sarnoff Friends & Family plan figured out how to put some profit in their pockets from a proper remediation. Now we are starting to wonder if at least 3 months is code for eternity. This park remodel is said to cost in excess of $400,000. Let's hope the project is not being paid with our tax dollars at a daily or hourly rate, because that excess portion will no doubt be quite significant! As a parent, I support making the park safe by any means necessary! However, I would expect that such a park project would be attended to in a diligent manner since Blanche Park is highly depended on by the neighborhood families. Dozens of kids visit this park every single day.
Though it feels silly to expect diligence from the City and those it employs, we still remain hopeful for some progress. It's begs the question of whether the park would sit closed in this fashion with no action if it were the dog park side(?). It is very obvious that the children’s park takes the back seat to the beloved stinky dog park.
I call on my frustrated and cheated tax-paying neighbors to join together and call on our District Commissioner Sarnoff’s office to get the wheels of progress in motion.
Blanche Park Parent/ Banana Republic of Coconut Grove Resident
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