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Neighbors asking for changes at local park

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Neighbors near Duncan Park in Ruston are done with plugging their noses.

"Why aren't they clean?" Resident Vickie Jackson asked.

Jackson and other homeowners want to flush away this portable toilet.

"There's an odor," Jackson said. "It's unbearable."

Jackson says this issue came to her attention after a nine hour event Saturday with church members. This isn't the only problem Jackson with the parks.

"I would like to see our park in our neighborhood, the same as other parks in other neighborhoods," Jackson said.

Concerned homeowners say it's really dangerous for the little ones to play at the playground because there is a small creek only feet away.

"The barricades that they use to prevent people from parking, they should use to spare lives," Jackson said.

The parking barriers separate the parking lot from the grassy area.

Jackson believes if a parent turns her head too quickly, medical crews may be needed in the area if a child falls into the creek. However, there have yet to be reports of a child becoming a victim of the creek.

"We do not have litter problems, we do not have vandalism problems, we do not have graffiti problems," Park and Recreation Director Wes Barton said.

Parks and Recreation Director Wes Barton says Duncan park is in good condition.

Jackson is only aiming to raise eyebrows, according to the city leader, after renting the pavilion area Saturday for $40, but inviting way too many friends.

"I'm not sure how many people actually attended, maybe 150. But, this park is not equipped to handle that many people," Barton said.

City leaders say the only issue they're having with these parks is the grass growing back too quickly. Barton says the portable toilet is cleaned once a week. Although, Jackson says that is not enough. There should be two built in restrooms.

The city's parks department has about a million dollar budget to maintain the parks. The director says there are also volunteers who help keep those areas clean.

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