City Works To Remove Chain Link Fences Around Parks

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:08pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 1:56pm

The city is cleaning up one feature of El Paso that a city representative calls "unsightly."

The park on Doniphan and Mesa is surrounded by a chain link fence and signs that say "danger."

City Rep. Cortney Niland brought up the issue and wants the fence removed. Rep. Niland said instead of attracting trash, the park could be a place for families to spend time together and feed the ducks.

"I would like to give direction today to please remove the fence and create a park pond space that we've been trying to do where community can enjoy it and then it serves two needs. It not only serves as a park pond for the water utilities but it also provides a wonderful place where the community can enjoy," said Rep. Niland.

Chain fences are around the park because two children drowned in a pond just like it back in the 1980s. The city council decided to put fences around parks with ponds, that are too deep, to prevent more drownings.

City representatives asked the El Paso Water Utilities for a survey of all parks in the city surrounded by fences.

They would like to start removing some, as long as they can keep the parks safe for small children.

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Those fences do need to come down. They are ugly, but they were up for a reason. The city needs to think of a way to keep unsupervised children out of the pond area.

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