Four Rowlett Parks Closed for Safety Issues

After Kids Kingdom, three other parks are closed

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    Rowlett playgrounds have closed for the summer because of safety issues. Kids Kingdom was torn down because of arsenic. (Published Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013)

    This summer heat is not the only thing keeping parents from taking kids to playgrounds in Rowlett, several playgrounds around the city are closed because of safety issues.

    Kids Kingdom was torn down earlier this month because of arsenic, now three others are closed for repairs.

    "About maintaining the parks, I think they need to do better, they need to do a little bit better," said Rowlett resident Frank Villegas.

    Herfurth Park will not have a playground reinstalled because of downtown redevelopment plans changing the area.

    Some city council members said even with downtown redevelopment plans, they have not made any final decisions about the playground.

    The Shorewood Park and Community Park playgrounds will be replaced or repaired after inspectors say they were not structurally safe nor were they compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    "I used to play on this playground years and years ago, it's been here for a long time and I think it would have been nice to see my son play on it and other kids play on it as well, even during baseball games," said April Petrino at Herfurth Park

    City leaders said the playgrounds were built in the 1980s and fewer resources over the years led them to deteriorate.

    "It was time to replace it but the city didn't give us any notice or anything, they just removed it," said Villegas.

    City leaders said $50,000 has been set aside for the Shorewood Park playground and $15,000 for the Community Park playground.

    Parks and Recreation said the new equipment for some of the parks should arrive in 30 to 45 days.