Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:37 AM
We live in a mostly-forgotten suburb on the far bottom corner of our local governing area. Our suburb is growing with tons of young families with kids moving in, but we have one park and it sucks. Like, it's already tiny, and then half the equipment is dangerous/not able to be used. If you want to kick the footy with your kids, you have to cross a street to a small lot to do so, leaving other children on the playground on the other side of the road. It's just a really poor design.
Less than a block away from that park is a huge empty lot - used to be where the primary school was located, so imagine the size of a primary school ground (complete with parking and playgrounds) and you've got an idea of its size. It is now nothing more than a field surrounded by a chain link fence with barbed wire at the top; not sure what purpose that serves as there are plenty of ways to get in, so that's where everyone takes their dogs to run and poo. It's also somewhat of a dumping ground for folks who want to get rid of old furniture and TVs. It gets mowed once every couple months, so it's a breeding ground for all kinds of things. Yeah, it's nice.
The location, however, is amazing. There's a childcare centre across the street, there's a primary school a couple blocks away (which means hundreds of kids pass that lot every day - really, the street only gets local and school traffic), it's a quiet location with tons of huge gum trees, it is totally surrounded by private residences and golf courses, and it's just a couple blocks off of a main road. It is an eyesore and a total waste of space and it could be so much more. Right now, pretty much everyone in our neighborhood ignores the crap park we have and drives to other parks, almost always out of our local council's area.
Aside from wanting to get reelected, it seems the council has no incentive to do anything for us in our area. That's the vibe I get from people I've spoken to, anyway. If anyone has any experience dealing with your local council to get the wheels moving on something like this, how did you approach it? I see no financial angle that would benefit the city; it would simply be a nice thing to do for our suburb. Not sure how I can get the council excited about that seeing as how they've left the place neglected for so long, so any experiences you've had would be greatly appreciated - thanks!