Getting Results: Re-Opening A Neighborhood Playground

Getting Results: Re-Opening A Neighborhood Playground

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Frankford-A rec center playground in Philadelphia’s Frankford section has been padlocked for more than a year and a half.

Fox 29’s Bruce Gordon tries to get answers to why it's closed down.

The reason the playground at the Simpson Recreation Center at Castor and Arrott was closed in the first place was perfectly valid: the safety of the kids.

The reason it remains closed 19 months later?

Well, that's a different story.

Tara Caldwell says it’s a near disaster there, a huge piece of concrete trim falling from a second floor wall caused city officials to close down and fence off the playground for the safety of the kids.

However, 19 months later, the playground remains off-limits to her son Ryan and all the neighborhood children.

"Our kids are doing without. Our neighborhood is doing without. And is it fair? No! It's the taxpayer that does without. And it's not fair! We're tired of it!" Caldwell said.

Caldwell says her calls to city hall got her nothing but angry.

So, Fox went straight to Mayor Nutter's office, where a spokesman said a plan is in place to make the playground safe to re-open.

Now, it's a question of finding $700,000.

Tara and Ryan and other families are waiting for answers.

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