Richmond Parents Fight for Children's Safety

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

Some parents in the Highland Park neighborhood near Daniel Field fear for their children’s safety. Monday, those parents fought to bring back basketball courts to the subdivision that were replaced by a fire station.

“In the beginning we had two full courts for basketball,” Ruth Jones said.

Ruth Jones is a concerned grandparent who is fighting to make Highland Park a safe place for children to play.

“They promised us they would give us the same thing we had. They gave the fire department what they wanted, and now we have nothing. We have like half a court, one goal and that’s not enough for our kids,” Jones said.

Another parent, Larry McCord, agrees.

“We love our fire department. It’s beautiful, and we appreciate it, but we lost amenities and we want to get back and improve it because our children are suffering,” McCord said.

Two years ago they lost two basketball courts and weeds are growing through the cracks in this pool that has been closed for five years. The swings sit empty, and the half court that replaced the two full courts goes unused. About seventy parents signed a petition to bring the basketball back.

“The children that live in that area shouldn’t have to cross the highway,
Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams said.

He says right now, they just don’t have the money for the improvements. But Ruth isn’t so sure.

“I think it’s very unfair that they made all these promises,” Jones said.

She hopes that these signatures will lead to a better place for children to play.


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