You Ask: What's with all the garbage at City View Park?
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – Rotting garbage and a filthy lake are about the last things you want to see at your local public park. So when a North Las Vegas family called Action News to find out why it wasn't being cleaned up, we checked it out.
"I see pan lids, chicken bones, banana peels, wrappers and that's just standing up here."
It seems as if everything and anything mother Cherise Miller doesn't want to see is front and center when she visits City View Park with her son.
"I have to comb through the play area for needles, broken bottles, other sharp objects."
That alone is simply appalling to Cherise. She's worried since her child often visits the playground on East Cheyenne.
"The woodchips have come up off the playground, and the lining underneath is now open and kids can trip over it and get hurt. And nobody's doing anything about it!"
Cherise claims she has called the city to vent but that her phone call went unreturned. Her brother backs up her feelings about City View desperately needing a good clean-up.
"This swing… it's a little rusted out and this is the thing my nephew absolutely loves," says Cody White.
Our trip to City View revealed a less-than-picturesque park. We took these concerns to the City of North Las Vegas, asking not just about the playground equipment but the scattered garbage, tree tagged with graffiti, and low water levels for various water features.
When Action News first arrived at City View Park, the waterfall had been turned off and it was loaded with garbage.
But after we placed a few calls to the City of North Las Vegas, crews from the Parks Department came out the next day to inspect the area and get the waterfall working again.
"I really hope that they get in here on a weekly basis and clean it up," says Cody.
The mess is something the city says it's working on cleaning up. But unfortunately, we're told recent budget cuts have hindered those efforts.
Staff that would normally tend to these problems is down from 36 positions to 13, and those workers are responsible for not just City View Park but for 34 others in the area.
"I hope that the city will realize that they're letting this park go to waste," says Cody. "When it's cleaned up it's a beautiful park, it's a nice park."
The City of North Las Vegas says City View Park is definitely a priority for them. Employees are working to clean up the graffiti on a three-week schedule. We're told those workers are also going to try to keep the water features clean throughout the summer months.
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