Weslaco resident calling for city to fix local park


POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 10:12am

Harlon Park in Weslaco has seen better days, and one local man is asking the city to get involved so the public can enjoy the space.

Rick Rodriguez is a Weslaco resident who wants to make a change in his community.  He says the parks in the area are in bad shape, which is why he created a Facebook page to call attention to the issue.

"For us to have this right here in the central Valley, we could have a lot more games here but we can't because of the conditions that they're in," said Rodriguez.  "I just wanted to bring focus and let people know what the parks look like."

Harlon Park is one of those parks in need of repairs, but fixing up this space could spark the city's economy with baseball and softball tournaments from around the area.

"It would be a big economic potential because we're in the central Valley, so multiple tournaments could be here," Rodriguez explained.  "Even one tournament a month could bring in enough fund to pay for all the maintenance a field would require."

Right now, all four baseball fields at this park are not being used, but Rodriguez believes if the city rebuilds it, they will come.

"I just want to get these parks fixed," said Rodriguez.  "Hopefully we can see kids here--baseball, soccer, softball, everything.  We just need to start building up these parks and bring the pride back to Weslaco."

The city's parks and recreation manager was unavailable to talk to Newscenter 23, but he has spoken to Rodriguez about his efforts to regenerate this public place.

"The parks director has talked to me, and he's limited on his funding and people.  And that I understand, I told him that hopefully this outcry will get some more funds to him and some more help."

For the link to the Facebook page Rodriguez created, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fix-Weslacos-Parks-for-our-Youth/41090189...

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