December 20, 2006
AUGUSTA, Ga.---The Junior League of Augusta has been making strides to improve Pendleton King Park.
It's been a three-year effort by a team of 200 volunteers.
Over the years, the park has lost a lot of visitors due to an increase in crime...but now folks are looking forward to a new beginning.
"I like it, they love it," said mom Kimberly Roberts. "They're out there playing now."
The park now has a new playground for "big kids".
Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the Junior League were out encouraging family fun.
"You know, it's a great playground and a big need for this park," said Terry Dennis of the Junior League.
That need perhaps goes beyond just swing sets and slides.
In 2004, News 12 aired a story about male prostitution in this very same park. In fact, we were the only crew to get video of an actual arrest.
But that was two years ago, and a lot has changed since then.
"Now I think it's much better," Kimberly said.
We showed Kimberly the 2006 police reports from Pendleton King. There were just two pages of them.
"Does that make you want to pay more attention to your kids? Keep them in your sight?" we asked.
"I mean, I do. I do, you know," she said.
But the most serious offenses we could find were a few assaults, and there was just one report of drugs for the whole year!
"Look at it. It's great out here," Kimberly said. "You know, now it is, and having security out here is even better."
Congratulations again to the Junior League of Augusta. They've worked very hard to raise $75,000for this cause.
If you and your family would like to experience the new playground, Pendleton King Park is at 1738 Pinetree Road. Its winter hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.