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Citing public safety hazards, petition seeks upgrades to Furman Park
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce

Residents upset with field conditions at Furman Park have launched an online petition, urging the city to upgrade the park’s grass and baseball fields.

The petition at went live today and had 25 “signatures” as of this afternoon.

“As a resident of Downey, many residents have presented this issue to parks and recreation since June. But it has been apparent that they have been ignored the multiple requests to fix the issue,” an anonymous e-mailer wrote to the Patriot today. “Our fields are in desperate need of fixing. This has become a public safety issue that needs to be addressed.”

The petition accuses park maintenance crews of largely ignoring Furman Park over the last three years, resulting in poor irrigation that attracts mosquitoes, wasps, bees and other insects.

It’s not clear who is behind the petition but whoever it is seems to be involved in youth sports.

“Winter ball has started and the fields need to be in good shape in order for the kids to play with the full enthusiasm,” the person wrote.

Earlier this summer, Downey nominated Furman Park to be voted “America’s Favorite Park” as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by Coca-Cola. Contest winners have not been announced.

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013, WEB ONLY
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