December 1, 2022

Seniors take matters into their own hands at Reno’s Paradise Park

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Residents living near Teglia’s Paradise Park said there are growing concerns with the area. Seniors said they are afraid of being there to attend to garden plots, visit the park’s facility frequently used by seniors and even walk around the ponds.

Overgrown and dense vegetation dominate the park’s landscape – to the point where it was blocking foot and wheelchair access on sidewalks.

Kristine and Nick Lee said they spent $500 of their own money to buy landscaping equipment to reduce overgrown vegetation. They have taken it upon themselves to address what they said was neglect by the city.

They’ve trimmed shrubs, trees and reduced vegetation . They’ve taken to social media to document their efforts – and express dissatisfaction at city officials, including Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.

“My husband just turned 69 & he thought he would be dead before anyone does anything so we did it,” Kristine posted on Twitter last week about a strip of sidewalk now clear of vegetation. “Now parents & kids can walk on the sidewalk.”

They first started picking up garbage at the park. They stopped that after finding it was a futile effort and focused on the vegetation instead.

Reno officials said they are doing the best they can with limited resources. Parks and Recreation Director Jaime Schroeder said, “I think the challenge can be a perception on [when a]park maintainer went out it was nice and clean at 10 o’clock in the morning, but by the time someone got there at two o’clock … it looks like our maintainer hasn’t been there.”

A city staff member was seen Tuesday picking up garbage around the park. His truck bed was full.

“You need a bigger truck,” Nick told him.

Reno Nevada News Source: Thisis Reno

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